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Sally Drops Feet of Rain as Flood Threat Spreads Inland

After making landfall early Wednesday morning, Sally continues to bring big impacts to parts of the Southeast.


What You Need To Know

  • Sally made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane on Wednesday
  • Dangerous flooding continues throughout the Southeast
  • Flood threat extends from Alabama to Virginia
  • Teddy and Vicky are both in open Atlantic water

Sally intensified a second time as it approached the Gulf Coast late Tuesday into early Wednesday and made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane near Gulf Shores, Alabama.

While the storm has since been downgraded to a tropical depression, heavy rain continues to inundate parts of the Southeast. The slow-moving Sally has dropped over two feet of rain along parts of the Gulf Coast. Three to six inches of rain is possible farther northeast into the Carolinas and southern Virginia.

Flash flooding from torrential rain will transition to river flooding over the next few days. Rivers in southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle are forecast to rise to major flood stage.

Sally claimed the life of at least one person in Alabama on Wednesday with another reported missing.

Sally is the earliest named S-storm to form in the Atlantic in recorded history.

Teddy Strengthens in the Atlantic

Teddy became the eighth hurricane of the season early Wednesday. Teddy began as a tropical depression in the Central Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, joining the busy midseason parade of storms.

It’s expected to strengthen into a major hurricane as it travels in open waters over the next several days.

The storm may affect Bermuda early next week. High surf and dangerous rip currents are also possible for parts of the East Coast this weekend and into next week.

Teddy is the first “T” storm to form in September.

Tropical Storm Vicky Fades Soon

Tropical Storm Vicky developed midday Monday after it started as Tropical Depression Twenty-One west of the Cabo Verde Islands earlier in the day. It’s forecast to remain weak and dissipate within a few days as it moves west into unfavorable wind and cooler waters.

This is the first time a “V” storm has formed in September.

The Rest of the Atlantic

A tropical wave in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico has a high chance of developing soon. Meanwhile, a tropical wave off the west coast of Africa has a medium chance of developing into a tropical cyclone later this week.

In the north Atlantic, a disturbance east of the Azores has a low chance of developing.

Peak of the Hurricane Season

The average peak of the Atlantic hurricane season is around September 10. This time of year, tropical systems can develop just about anywhere with tracks across much of the basin. September also has a history of memorable hurricanes.

At one time on Monday, five tropical cyclones were occurring in the Atlantic at one time. According to to Phillip Klotzbach, a meteorologist and researcher at Colorado State University, that was just the second time on record.

This year continues to outpace the record-setting 2005 season.

 

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