Hurricane Sally landed in the south of the United States on Wednesday. The eye of the storm, with wind speeds of around 165 kilometres per hour, passed the town of Gulf Shores in Alabama in the early morning.
The hurricane is one of the second category on a scale of five, reports the National Hurricane Center. It warns of “catastrophic and life-threatening floods” in the affected coastal area. Sally is expected to travel inland in the coming days in a northeastern direction.
Stacy Stewart of the National Hurricane Center tells USA Today that Sally‘s slow traverse could cause rainfall of around 90 centimeters in some places. Meteorologist Phil Klotzbach at Colorado State University also expects a lot of rain. “It’s not going to be good,” he says.