Hurricane Sally brought wild winds and rain to the Gulf Coast of Florida and Alabama overnight September 15 into September 16, making landfall as a Category 2 storm.
The National Hurricane Center said Wednesday morning around 4 am local time that the hurricane was about to make landfall and would bring “historic and catastrophic flooding in parts of northwest Florida and southern Alabama.”
The National Weather Service (NWS) reported 24.8 inches of rain in Pensacola as of 7 am Wednesday.
This video shows roiling floodwaters carrying debris past a home in Pensacola, recorded by Peter Hay.
“This is just so surreal,” Hay says in the video. “We have white caps crashing on our tree in our backyard.”
The lower level of Hay’s home was flooded. He shared a video where he jokingly showed off his “indoor pool.”
Downed trees, power outages, and damaged infrastructure were reported across the region. Part of a new bridge in Pensacola was reported missing by Wednesday morning. Credit: Peter Hay via Storyful