Sally Leaves Massive Floods on Gulf Coast

Publish date:
sally 1

The slow-moving Sally continued to wreak havoc on the Gulf Coast despite having weakened to a tropical depression, bringing storm surges over five feet to Pensacola, Fla.

As of this morning, officials are urging residents of Santa Rosa County who live on the Blackwater River, Coldwater Creek and Pond Creek to leave as soon as possible, with rivers and creeks are expected to rise.

"Now is the time to leave," Brad Baker, Santa Rosa county public safety director said at around 8:15 a.m. this morning, according to the Pensacola News Journal.

sally 2

Two deaths were blamed on the storm — one was killed when a tree fell on an Atlanta home, and another was confirmed dead in Alabama, though no details were available, according to The Weather Channel.

The Associated Press reported that 200 National Guard members were being deployed in the Pensacola area today to help.

A large piece of the Pensacola Bay Bridge was missing after the storm brought high winds and storm surge. A tweet from the city of Gulf Breeze showed the bridge with a crane lying across it on Wednesday morning.

A separate tweet from a neighboring county showed the massive hole in the structure. Estimates say it make take from 30 to 60 days to repair the structure.

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said at one point, a barge broke from its mooring and threatened to crash into Interstate 10’s Escambia Bay Bridge.

At least 377 people were rescued from floodwaters along the Florida panhandle; the Pensacola area has already seen more than two feet of rainfall from Sally, and meteorologists predict that up to 35 inches of rain could fall in coastal communities, according to The New York Times.

The storm saturated the Gulf Coast as it crept northeast at about 9 mph, the paper reported.

Initially expected to hit remote southeastern Louisiana and possibly New Orleans, the storm instead hammered more populated areas around Mobile, Ala., and Pensacola.

By late Wednesday, the floodwaters had begun to recede, but the National Weather Service warned that extensive river flooding would be a concern all the way through the weekend, according to CNBC.

“This year we’ve just got hurricane after hurricane,” said Matt Lane, 23, a member of a crew from New Hampshire Electric Coop, who arrived late on Tuesday directly from Hurricane Laura recovery efforts in Texas.

Sportsman Marina in Orange Beach, Ala., was shown with destroyed docks and sunken boats in a video by Dustin Clouatre via Storyful.

Check out the video of the damage here.

Photos showed crushed boats and debris on Dauphin Island in Alabama.

Sally was the 18th named storm in the Atlantic this year, and the eighth that hit the United States with tropical storm or hurricane strength, CNBC said. 


NMMA to Hold State of the Industry Webinar

The March 4 webinar takes place at 11 a.m. and includes the presentation of the Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index Awards and the Alan J. Freedman Award.

Sanlorenzo Reports 2020 Financials

Gains in the Asia-Pacific and Americas markets offset losses for the Italian builder’s superyacht division.

Into the High Season

Our monthly Pulse Report survey asks dealers about restocking inventory and more, as the new season looms.

It Takes Two to Tango

The boom in boat sales we’re enjoying is a result of the combined efforts of the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.

Besenzoni - for over 50 years ambassador of made in Italy in the world - designs and produces accessories for pleasure and commercial boating characterized by simple and functional design

Besenzoni constantly assists its customers in 90 countries with 187 representative points and a direct assistance network consisting of 164 operating units around the world coordinated by the headquarters.

Sea Tow Saves Cold-Stunned Turtles

Its Corpus Christi outfit is rescuing turtles that were affected by the deep freeze in Texas.