Hurricane Sally made landfall close to Gulf Shores around 4:45am Wednesday – with winds of 105 mph.
Sally is the first hurricane to make landfall in Alabama since Hurricane Ivan. Ivan, a Category 3, made landfall just west of Gulf Shores on this very same day in 2004.
Sally strengthened to a Category 2 hurricane overnight – and the eye wall of the storm has been “pounding” southern Baldwin and Mobile counties along with the Florida Panhandle for hours now, according to the National Weather Service in Mobile.
The weather service said it has received reports of dangerous flash flooding where citizens have been rescued in Baldwin County. Forecasters also said they have reports of more than 20 inches of rain so far along the coast. The weather service said many roads in coastal Alabama, and northwest Florid,a are under water and impassable.
Sally is forecast to track to the northeast and weaken more quickly today.
Flash flooding is widespread across south Alabama this morning.
Again – we’ll keep you updated throughout the day on what this storm front means to us locally.
FORECAST FOR CHEROKEE COUNTY
Today / Cloudy with showers and late day thunderstorms likely / High around 75
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING FOR MUCH OF THE STATE, INCLUDING CHEROKEE COUNTY, THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING
According to the National Weather Service periods of torrential rain are forecast to impact areas of Central Alabama Wednesday and Thursday in association with Tropical System Sally.
Forecast totals of anywhere between 4 and 10 inches of rainfall across the watch area could lead to significant flooding and flash flooding. This may become a life threatening situation, if you are near water or live in a low lying area, pay particular attention to warnings issued and be prepared to take quick action to move to higher ground.
Tonight / Showers and thunderstorms with locally heavy rainfall likely / Low of 67
Thursday / Showers and thunderstorms likely / High of 78
Thursday Night / Mostly Cloudy with a 50% chance of rainfall / Low of 64
Friday / Partly Sunny / High near 80
Saturday and Sunday / Mostly Sunny / Highs in the mid-70’s