GULF SHORES, Al (WSIL) -- Hurricane Sally made landfall Wednesday morning at 4:45 a.m. in Gulf Shores, Alabama as a category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour.
Coastal areas of Alabama and the Florida Panhandle are being battered strong winds and catastrophic flooding from storm surge. Pensocola, Florida had already recorded its third highest storm surge on record at 9 a.m. Wednesday with several more hours of the storm left to go.
Inland, torrential rain, with estimates over 20 inches in less than 24-hours, was creating life threatening situations.
Hurricane Sally made landfall 16 years, to the day, that Hurricane Ivan, a category 3, also made landfall in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Over the next two days, Hurricane Sally is expected to track through southern Alabama, Georgia, and into the Carolinas with flooding rain and spin-up tornadoes.