Here are the latest developments on tropical weather (all times local):
Sally was centered about 65 miles (105 kilometers) southeast of
The latest forecast track has the hurricane making landfall between the
Conditions are deteriorating as the storm draws near. More than 87,000 homes and businesses had lost electricity as of late Tuesday as Gulf waters covered beaches. The
Forecasters say the storm threatens to trigger dangerous, historic flooding in the region. A big reason was its agonizingly slow pace. It was creeping toward the coast at about 2 mph (3 kph). That has authorities worried about a drawn-out deluge.
A website tracking electricity use nationwide, poweroutage.us, reported those disruptions Tuesday night as Sally churned off the northern
In the panhandle city of
Forecasters said Sally could strengthen some more before its center reaches the northern
The storm was last centered about 70 miles (115 kilometers) south of
Rain also began flying sideways in the wind Tuesday night, visible in streetlights, in the panhandle community.
Gusting winds and heavy rains buffeted trees and street lamps elsewhere in the south
“The sheriff’s office will be there until we can no longer safely be out there, and then and only then will we pull our deputies in,” he said at a storm briefing late Tuesday.
“We will be in your neighborhoods after the storm,” he added.
For those who have been in previous storms, he warned residents not to be in a situation where they must call for help in terrible weather conditions:
“You’ve heard some of the 911 calls, you know how terrifying and gut-wrenching they are,” he said. “Don’t be in a situation where you have to make a phone call, and a sheriff’s deputy or a firefighter or a paramedic can not get to you.”
In issuing guidance,
In 2015, more than 40 dams across the state failed in devastating floods that stranded homeowners and forced some into recreational boats to rescue neighbors. The historic rain and flooding led to 19 deaths and caused about
A year later, Hurricane Matthew caused about 25 more dams to fail and another round of flooding.
After Matthew, South Carolina’s environmental agency requested more than
“You really want to get them secured because with wind and rain like this, the water is constantly rising,” Bosarge said. “They could end up anywhere. There’s no telling where they could end up.”
Bosarge said this is particularly concerning because there are dozens of shrimp and other commercial fishing boats docked there, including ones his family runs.
“It could cause a lot of damage if something of that caliber got loose and headed this way,” he said.
“This is not worth risking your life,” Ivey said during a news conference Tuesday.
“A saying the
The causeway to
Rain is starting to intensify along the
Officials closed beaches in nearby
Forecasters say Hurricane Sally could dump flooding rains on a path from
Significant flash flooding and minor to moderate river flooding is expected through the end of the week, and rainfall could reach 12 inches (30.5 centimeters) in isolated inland areas.
Hurricane Sally was creeping at 2 mph Tuesday toward the
Its slow speed has raised concerns of extreme rainfall and flooding. Sally had winds of 100 mph, but forecasters were predicting the storm could strengthen even further before it is expected to blow ashore near the
Florida’s governor declared an emergency in two western