Wednesday September 16, 2020 ((rezonodwes.com)) – Submerged streets, strong winds and power cuts: the US state of Alabama and the northwest of Florida was swept by rains from Category 2 Hurricane Sally on Wednesday, causing “catastrophic” flooding.
Sally made landfall at 4:45 am (9:45 am GMT) in Gulf Shores, a small town in the State of Florida. 'Alabama.
The storm carries squalls of up to 155 km / h, and moves slowly (at just 6 km / h), which means continuous rains over the same areas for an extended period, intensifying the rising waters.
“Catastrophic and historic flooding is underway,” warned the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
Early in the morning, the streets of the town of Pensacola and its approximately 50,000 residents, the far northwest of Florida, were transformed into torrents, according to n shady videos circulating on social networks.
About 40 kilometers away, in Alabama, other images showed the marina of the seaside town of Orange Beach swept away, with pleasure boats displaced by the winds to the docks, in the middle of debris.
Authorities in Baldwin County, where Orange Beach is located, alerted Wednesday morning of an “extremely dangerous situation”, and recommended to those who were able to take refuge at height in flooded areas not to move.
The hurricane caused “serious flooding” and “severe and extensive damage,” they said on Twitter.
Precipitation of 20 to 30 cm is expected on the coasts of these two southern states -East United States, which will cause rivers to overflow, NHC warned.
The hurricane also caused “significant damage” around in the city of Mobile, said the Alabama Power company, whose more than 150,000 customers were without power.
In total, according to poweroutage.com, more than 270,000 homes had no electricity as of Wednesday morning in that state, as well as 230,000 in Florida.
– “Extremely Dangerous” –
At 7:00 a.m. local time (12:00 GMT), the Eye of the Hurricane was located 25 kilometers northeast of the community of Gulf Shores.
The storm is expected to weaken during the day and night as it moves inland.
President Donald Trump had invited residents of the Alabama, as well as the States of Louisiana and Mississippi, to the greatest caution in the face of this climatic episode “extremely dangerous”, but which it assured to be “under control”.
With the warming of the surface of the oceans , hurricanes are getting stronger, according to scientists, who thus predict an increase in the proportion of category 4 and 5 hurricanes. Paulette, René, Teddy and Vicky: with Sally, no less than five storms occurred simultaneously over the Atlantic at the beginning of September, a record since 1971. [1 9659004] There have been so many tropical storms in this ocean this year that the UN, which names them, is on the verge of running out of first names, for only the second time in history.
“We must act for the climate. Now, ”urged Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate for November. On Monday, the former vice-president of Barack Obama accused his rival Donald Trump of being a “climate arsonist” because he said he denies the reality of climate change.
The US weather services had predicted that the Atlantic hurricane season, which lasts from June 1 to November 30, is said to be extremely “active”, with between seven and 11 hurricanes.