Sally downgraded to tropical storm as Florida, Alabama face ‘catastrophic and life-threatening flooding’


Hurricane Sally is bringing “catastrophic and life-threatening flooding” to Florida and Alabama, but forecasters say it is getting weaker as it continues to move over land.

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sally was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. Earlier in the morning, Sally made landfall in Gulf Shores, Alabama, after reaching a Category 2.

The National Hurricane Center says Sally is about 30 miles north-northeast of Pensacola, Florida. It is moving north-northeast at 5 mph.

“Catastrophic and life-threatening flooding occurring over portions of the Florida panhandle and southern Alabama,” the NHC said.

Tropical Storm Sally is expected to begin moving faster toward the north-northeast or northeast Wednesday afternoon and night.

Thursday morning, the storm is forecast to become a tropical depression, and that night, Tropical Storm Sally is expected to move over South Carolina.

The following watches and warnings are in effect:

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for:
* Alabama/Florida border to the Walton/Bay County Line Florida

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:
* Mississippi/Alabama border eastward to Indian Pass Florida

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