Hurricane Sally officially made landfall at Gulf Shores, Ala., Wednesday at the crack of dawn as a Category 2 hurricane.
#Sally has made landfall near Gulf Shores Alabama at 445 AM CDT as a category 2 hurricane. Maximum sustained winds were 105 mph with a minimum central pressure of 965 mb. More: https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB pic.twitter.com/zdyilBhdic
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 16, 2020
Fast forward three-plus hours, and in the 9 a.m. EDT/8 a.m. CDT public advisory, the National Hurricane Center reports that Sally has dropped to a Cat 1, with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour, located about 20 miles north, northeast of Gulf Shores, and 25 miles west of Pensacola, Fla.
“Hurricane-force winds spreading inland over southeastern Alabama and the Western portion of the Florida Panhandle,” reports NOAA forecaster Brown.”… catastrophic and life-threatening flooding likely along portions of the north-central gulf coast.”
ABC News meteorologist Rob Marciano took this video at roughly 8:20 a.m. ET from Pensacola.
— Rob Marciano (@RobMarciano) September 16, 2020
ABC chief meteorologist Ginger Zee is reporting from downtown Mobile, Ala., this morning, which was shredded over night from winds, but is seeing less rain now.
Tree damage and awnings ripped in downtown Mobile, Alabama. Thankfully we will see weakening winds from this point. The brunt of the storm happening in the Florida panhandle where the surge has brought 3-4 feet to downtown Pensacola! pic.twitter.com/CC0W1pkojB
— Ginger Zee (@Ginger_Zee) September 16, 2020
Fox News correspondent Ashley Strohmier reported for Fox & Friends First from Mobile at 5 a.m. ET (4 a.m. CDT – local time). The scene in Mobile was still ugly at this point:
Here’s Weather Channel meteorologist Chris Bruin in downtown Pensacola, which is seeing far more rain than Mobile and points west Wednesday morning:
— Chris Bruin (@TWCChrisBruin) September 16, 2020
Here’s an absolutely soaked Gary Tuchman reporting for CNN New Day from Pensacola Beach. “It sounds like a war is being fought, the sounds are loud, jarring and frightening,” said Tuchman, adding that he also heard transformers exploding everywhere.
— CNN (@CNN) September 16, 2020
Here’s Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel, also in Pensacola Beach:
Can you spot @JimCantore in the 5 feet of storm surge?
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) September 16, 2020
TWC’s Tevin Wooten reporting from Navarre Beach, Fla., on the Panhandle this morning:
— Greg Diamond (@gdimeweather) September 16, 2020
CBS’ David Begnaud says Sally hit where he’s currently stationed (Pensacola Beach) at 110 mph; just under a Cat 3 level hurricane. Here’s some video:
Good morning. Hurricane Sally has arrived as a strong category two. Winds 110 miles per hour.
CAT 3 would be 111.
The wind is roaring as I take a first look from the balcony of our hotel. pic.twitter.com/78DE7Y7zWi
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) September 16, 2020
MSNBC’s Ali Velshi is reporting from Orange Beach, Ala.
#HurricaneSally is the 8th named STORM to make landfall on the Continental U.S. in 2020. This breaks a 104-year old record for storms making landfall before September 16. Prior record was 7 landfalls in 1916.
— Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) September 16, 2020
As Hurricane Sally made landfall on the U.S. Gulf this morning, Teddy—forming in the Atlantic Ocean—has strengthened into a hurricane.
That means there are currently three active storms in the Atlantic with winds of 100 mph or higher: Sally and Teddy, plus Paulette, although she appears to be moving back into the Atlantic.