PENSACOLA, Fla. – Hurricane Sally made landfall early Wednesday along Alabama’s Gulf Coast as a drenching, Category 2 storm amid warnings of historic, life-threatening flooding.
Strong winds continued to batter the coast as Sally inched inland from Gulf Shores, Alabama, about 30 miles west of the Florida border. Stacy Stewart, a senior specialist with the National Hurricane Center, said the slow-moving storm could dump up to 35 inches of rain in some areas.
“Historic and catastrophic flooding is unfolding,” Steward said.
Sally was crawling along at about 3 mph, soaking everything her path while blasting sustained winds of 105 mph. Almost 400,000 homes and businesses were without power in Alabama and Florida. Those numbers were expected to rise as Sally moved deeper inland.
The storm is forecast to move inland across southeastern Alabama on Wednesday night, dumping “life…