Hurricane Sally caused a lot of flooding in the US states of Alabama and Florida on Wednesday. Due to the slow course of the hurricane, the heavy rains that accompany Sally linger over the area for a long time. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are without power due to the storm.
Sally made landfall in Alabama and western Florida on the night from Wednesday to Thursday (local time). In the area, more than 550,000 households are without electricity.
Parts of Alabama and Florida have recorded more than 46 centimeters of rainfall in 24 hours. Although Sally has now weakened into a tropical storm, the severe weather is sweeping across the states at about 4 kilometers per hour. Due to the persistent rainfall, there are fears of even more flooding.
In Escambia County, Florida, at least 377 people had to be freed from flooded areas, writes The New York Times. The water in the main town of Pensacola rose by five feet. A reception center has since been opened in the coastal province.
A man was reportedly killed by the storm in Orange Beach, Alabama. The mayor of Orange Beach announced the death, but could not say who this man was and exactly how he died.
Possibly busiest hurricane season in US history
Three weeks before Hurricane Sally made landfall, Hurricane Laura was still causing major nuisance in the United States. Laura was one of the most severe hurricanes to hit the country since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Hundreds of thousands of people in the states of Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana were left without power and water and at least 14 people were killed by bad weather.
Although the hurricane season is still over two months, meteorologists are almost through the alphabet of hurricane names. There is only one name left: Wilfred. After that, the American weather services have to switch to the Greek alphabet.
The 2020 hurricane season may go down in the books as the busiest hurricane season in the history of the United States. Three more storms are currently active over the Atlantic area.