Hurricane Sally Tracker, Update as 'Life-Threatening' Flooding Expected in Florida, Alabama

Hurricane Sally has strengthened again, as hurricane conditions move along the Alabama and Florida coasts, and is expected to produce historic life-threatening flooding along the northern Gulf Coast.

The hurricane is currently about 60 miles south-southeast of Mobile, Alabama, and around 55 miles southwest of Pensacola, Florida, and is moving north-northeast at 2 mph with maximum, sustained winds of 105 mph. Hurricane-force winds are spreading onshore along the western Florida panhandle and the Alabama coasts.

Sally is forecast to produce 10 to 20 inches of rainfall with isolated amounts of 30 inches along and just inland of the central Gulf Coast from the Florida Panhandle, west of the Apalachicola River, to the Alabama/Mississippi border.

Historic, life-threatening flash flooding is likely through Wednesday and this rainfall will lead to widespread moderate to major flooding on area rivers, forecasters say.

Widespread moderate to major river flooding is forecast across the Florida Panhandle and southern Alabama.

Significant flash and urban flooding, as well as widespread minor to moderate river flooding, is also forecast across inland portions of Mississippi and Alabama, and into Georgia and the western Carolinas this week.

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Water floods a road as the outer bands of Hurricane Sally came ashore on September 15, 2020, in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The storm is bringing heavy rain, high winds and a dangerous storm surge from Louisiana to Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty

A Storm Surge Warning has been discontinued from the Mouth of the Mississippi River to the Mouth of the Pearl River, but one remains in effect for the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Walton/Bay County Line Florida and Mobile Bay.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for East of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, to the Okaloosa/Walton County line Florida, and a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for East of the Okaloosa/Walton County line Florida, to Indian Pass, Florida, and Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, westward to Grand Isle, Louisiana.

Florida Gov. Ron De Santis has declared a state of emergency in 13 northwest Florida counties and said on Twitter that: "Floridians in these counties should prepare for strong winds and severe flooding."

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said on Twitter: "In times of crisis, it's all about neighbor helping neighbor. Mississippi stands with Alabama as we work to weather this storm and any other storm that comes our way."

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey thanked the governors of Louisiana and Mississippi for their assistance and support. Ivey also shared that the U.G. Coast Guard is "prepared and ready to assist Alabama."

While Louisiana is expected to miss the worst of Sally, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards warned the state's residents to remain prepared: "Although we continue our recovery from Hurricane Laura and will be spared the worst of Hurricane Sally, Louisianans must remember that we still need to have our game plan in place for whatever the rest of hurricane season has in store."