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Hurricane Sally

Hundreds of people near the Florida-Alabama border were being rescued from floodwaters brought on by Hurricane Sally, on Wednesday, September 16, and authorities fear many more could be in danger in coming days. The Pensacola Fire Department reported 30 inches of rain fell in Pensacola, which is four months of rain in four hours. Sally has weakened since making landfall as a Category 2 hurricane on Wednesday morning but it’s devastating toll was visible across Southern states by nightfall. By Wednesday night, it was a tropical depression, according to the National Hurricane Center. Located about 10 miles northwest of Troy, Alabama, it had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and was moving northeast at 9 mph. While all watches and warnings have been discontinued, Sally is still causing torrential rain over eastern Alabama and western Georgia.

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