Heavy floods caused by a tropical storm they hit Wednesday, parts of the US states of Alabama and Florida, causing a great deal of damage: among other things, they turned several streets into rivers, destroyed homes and left about half a million people without electricity. The problems began when Hurricane Sally hit the city of Gulf Shores, Alabama at five a.m. local time on Wednesday: the hurricane, initially Category 2 (out of five total), then lost strength and after that passed from northwest Florida was classified as a tropical storm.
At half past nine in the evening, the center of the storm became southeastern Alabama, with heavy rains also in western Georgia. The National Hurricane Center, which deals with hurricanes and tropical storms and is a division of a US federal agency, has spoken of “catastrophic and life-threatening floods” that have affected Northwest Florida and South America. Alabama.
In the city of Orange Beach, Alabama, one person has died from the storm and another is missing, Mayor Tony Kennon said. One of the most affected cities, however, was Pensacola, which is located in Florida about twenty kilometers from the Alabama border.
Ginny Craon, Pensacola Fire Chief, he said to CNN that in the space of four hours the same amount of water fell in the city that usually falls in four months. Pensacola, as well as other parts of Florida and Alabama, have been hit by severe floods, with rivers reaching dangerous levels, risking flooding. Several boats docked in the port broke off their moorings, and in Escambia County alone, which also includes Pensacola, at least 377 people were rescued in the worst affected neighborhoods. Local officials said a center was opened in the meantime to welcome people forced to flee their homes due to the floods.
Sally’s center is expected to move to Georgia and South Carolina on Thursday; all while on the other side of the United States, in the west, they are dealing with another natural catastrophe: the devastating fires that are destroying large portions of California and Oregon, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes.