PENSACOLA, Florida – Rivers swollen by Hurricane Sally threatened Thursday to exacerbate hardship for some residents of northeast Florida and southern Alabama, with debris from the storm expected to discharge up to 1 foot of water and carry flood risk to Georgia and the carolinas.
Residents on the coast, meanwhile, were seeing how to begin recovery after a storm that turned streets into rivers, ripped off roofs, cut off power to hundreds of thousands and killed at least one person.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis warned residents and visitors in flooded areas to remain vigilant as the hurricane’s water receded, as downpours further north were expected to cause overflows in rivers in the northeastern part of the state. in the coming days.
“So this is like the opening salvo, but there is going to be more to deal with,” DeSantis said Wednesday at a news conference in Tallahassee.
At least one person died due to the hurricane. Orange Beach, Alabama Mayor Tonny Kennon told The Associated Press that one person from the popular resort resort had died and another was missing. He could not publish more details yet, he noted.
Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a powerful hurricane with 105 mph winds.
It is not yet known why the large oak tree fell on the house but it happened at the time when the outer bands of Hurricane Sally struck the Atlanta area.
It moved slowly, compounding the effect of the showers. At the Pensacola Naval Airfield, more than 2 feet fell and the water reached almost 3 feet on the streets of downtown Pensacola, according to the National Weather Service.
Some Pensacola streets looked like rivers. The water flooded parked cars before pulling out.
A replica of the caravel La Niña, which was part of Christopher Columbus’s first expedition to America, had disappeared from its mooring point at the Pensacola pier, according to police.
Images of this Wednesday, September 16 in Gulf Shores, Alabama after the passage of the storm.
The ship was later seen stranded in the center of town, according to the Pensacola News Journal.
The system downgraded to a tropical storm Wednesday night and gained some speed. It was moving through southeastern Alabama, crossing through central Georgia on Thursday and arriving in South Carolina on Thursday night, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Flash floods and overflows were possible in those states.
More than half a million businesses and homes were without power in Alabama and Florida, according to the website poweroutages.us. Many faced delays before recovering service.
“We do not want to hide this: it is going to last,” said a power company on social media. The hurricane center was monitoring two other Atlantic storms: Hurricane Teddy, which could pass over Bermuda on Monday, and Tropical Storm Vicky, which was expected to dissipate in the Atlantic in the next few days.