US climate experts warned of one of the most violent hurricane seasons ever. Now a new storm has hit land: “Sally” is causing flooding and heavy rainfall on the US Gulf Coast.
Storm “Sally” causes severe flooding on its way through the US states of Alabama and Florida. Houses were destroyed or damaged, streets were flooded, hundreds of thousands of households had no electricity. In the city of Pensacola, Florida, the same amount of rain fell in four hours as in four months, fire chief Ginny Cranor told CNN news channel. Hundreds of people were brought to safety by helpers in the affected areas.
“Catastrophic and life-threatening floods”
The eye of the storm hit early Wednesday morning (local time) with winds of up to 165 miles per hour near the town of Gulf Shores, Alabama, according to the National Hurricane Center.
That was a level two out of five hurricane. A few hours after the impact, “Sally” weakened and was controlled like a tropical storm. But it’s moving slowly, at just over ten kilometers per hour – flooding the affected areas with rain, the meteorologists warned. You speak of “catastrophic and life-threatening floods”.
The experts expect the storm to travel northeast inland via Alabama. The effects are also likely to be felt in parts of Georgia and South and North Carolina.
Meteorologists expected the storm to move northeast inland via Alabama. The effects are also likely to be felt in parts of Georgia and South and North Carolina. According to reports in the American media, hundreds of thousands of households were already without electricity on Wednesday morning.
Destruction in Florida: Hurricane “Sally” brings strong winds and rain to the US Gulf Coast. (Source: Gerald Herbert / AP / dpa)
Hurricane season could be one of the worst
The predictions for “Sally” have changed over the past few days. The cyclone was initially said to hit the mainland in southeastern Louisiana near the Mississippi border at night. Just three weeks ago, Hurricane “Laura” hit Louisiana and caused extensive damage. “Laura” was a level four hurricane and therefore extremely dangerous. At least 15 people died, hundreds of thousands were without electricity and the drinking water supply was also partially interrupted.
Tropical storms are called hurricanes in the Western Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Oceans. According to the US climate agency NOAA, this year’s hurricane season, which runs from June to November, in the Atlantic Ocean could be one of the most violent ever.
Already the eighth storm to hit the US mainland this season, “Sally” was strong enough to be named, Colorado State University meteorologist Philip Klotzbach wrote on Twitter. There had not been so many in any season until September 16.
Hurricanes “Paulette” and “Teddy” are currently moving across the Atlantic Ocean. While “Paulette” would weaken, “Teddy” is predicted to grow into a four out of five hurricane. Since he was not moving near the coast, there were no warnings at first.