THE WKRG NEWS FIVE FIRST ALERT STORM TEAM WILL PROVIDE CONTINUOUS UPDATES ON SALLY. FOLLOW NEW INFORMATION HERE.
5:30 PM WED: Since Sally has exited our area, this will be the last hourly weather update on the storm. The First Alert Storm Team will continue to do weather-related stories on WKRG.com.
5:15 PM WED: Sally has now exited the News 5 area. Rivers will continue to rise, most cresting today or tomorrow and falling through the weekend. Coastal flooding will continue to be an issue over the coming days as well.
3:20 PM WED: Below are some estimated rainfall totals for our area.
1:00 PM WED: Sally has weakened into a Tropical Storm and is no longer a category 1 hurricane.
12:05 PM WED: Fort Walton Beach is still seeing a heavy flow of wind and rain.
11:55 AM WED: Dauphin Island is only open to residents at the moment. To return to the island you must have a reentry pass. The island is without power.
11:45 AM WED: Bienville Square will be closed until all the trees are removed. Those still standing will have to be examined. If you have trees near you down do not touch it have a professional take care of it.
200+ and growing down trees have been reported in Mobile County.
11:40 AM WED: Hurricane Sally has picked up speed and is now moving at 5 MPH.
10:46 AM WED: Destin Florida’s worst damage has been the water. Some rescues had to have been made in the lower areas of Destin. The wind was incredible and looks like a section of the city has been breached due to the wind.
10:33 AM WED: Governor Ron DeSantis said there were a number of precautions taken in the beginning of the week to ready for Hurricane Sally. Search and Rescue teams have been prepared since the beginning of the week. Human life is the top priority right now. Gov DeSantis said he would be out tomorrow to see what he can do. The President signed the emergency declaration. The water is the most problematic especially when we get 20-30 inches of rain like Escambia County. “We can always repair someone’s property but we can never unring a bell when someone is in harms way.” Gov DeSantis said. Gov DeSantis confirmed the President has signed the Emergency Declaration to help with the reimbursements and response from the federal side.
The National Guard have been deployed and are standing by ready to respond. Several hundred National Guard more have been granted to respond if need be.
Gov Desantis said “just understand this water is hazardous right now. Do not adventure into it or drive into it. Don’t put yourself at risk right now. This storm is going to pass and we will see the water recede hopefully. The wind is not going to do nearly as much damage as the water. People need to be careful. We’re here to help.”
10:04 AM WED: Escambia County was on the eastern side of Hurricane Sally and has seen substantial flooding. Pensacola Energy customers call 850-474-6600 if you smell gas. Escambia County emergency assets are currently undergoing still and swift water rescues. The National Guard is assisting with the rescues. Shelters will be opened as a need to need basis. Hospital situations are good, some are under generator power with no water.
Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said that evacuations of Escambia County citizens are in the thousands.
Pensacola Beach was shut off last night in order to maintain water usage as long as the county could. Water and sewer were cut off to relieve water use. There are numerous line breaks to water, sewer, and other utilities as well. Defraying the use of the water system will help preserve as much water as possible.
Power is beginning to be restored and the landfill was closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
It is important to protect yourself if you are using a generator not to have them anywhere that could send carbon monoxide into your home. Areas to keep generators away from are garages, balconies, or anywhere near a door that has access into your home.
About 300 houses need to be evacuated and the number will increase as the day goes on. Once appropriate structures are safe and secure more shelters will begin to open.
Warrington Florida area has seen significant flooding. Restoration planning began at 5 AM on Wednesday, September 16. If you bring your pets to the shelters please bring the vaccination papers confirming your pet is safe to be in a shelter.
The main focus this morning leading into the afternoon are to search and respond to those stranded and in need of evacuations. Those living on rivers take a protection action now.
The three mile bridge in Pensacola has been damaged by a collapsed crane that was on the barge that hit and closed the bridge yesterday.
9:59 AM WED: Flash flood warning are currently in place for locations east and northeast of Mobile Bay. For those, especially in flood prone areas prepare to go to high grounds. The rivers will be our biggest concern with flooding.
9:51 AM WED: Saufley Field Rd has a new crash, WKRG News 5’s Amanda Devou says please do not go out and drive if you don’t need to.
9:46 AM WED: Pensacola has seen flooding and it is very clear of building damage throughout Downtown Pensacola. Full trees and tree branches have been seen throughout the city. You shouldn’t be outside at this time as it is still dangerous but if you are please proceed with caution. Hurricane-force winds have caused significant damage to buildings.
9:31 AM WED: Annette Rowland the spokesperson for the Red Cross knows that not many people will be able to help themselves during recovery from the damage. Rowland says the best and quickest way to help is making a donation to the Red Cross. To make a donation you can text “Sally” to 90999 and a 10 dollar donation will be applied to your credit card bill. You can go to redcross.org/donation or call 1-800-redcross to make a donation as well.
9:30 AM WED: Hurricane Sally is now a Category 1 Hurricane. The wind gusts in Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan have been the lowest since yesterday morning.
9:18 AM WED: City leaders of Fairhope are asking people to NOT go outside and sight see. Hurricane Sally has still not fully passed our viewing area and there can be many hazards in the streets.
8:58 AM WED: Please do not go outside and sight see right now. The only people that should be outside during this time should be emergency respondents. Flooding is seen as far east as Fort Walton Beach. Pensacola up to Milton is in the back end of the eye wall. Milton is seeing wind gusts in the 100s. 5.5 feet above Ground Level the Storm Surge is above 6 feet in Pensacola.
8:38 AM WED: Post damage in Mobile is being discovered as people are waking from their slumber through Sally. A light on Airport Blvd was filmed dangling from the light post.
8:31 AM WED: At 10 AM the City of Mobile, Mobile County Commission and Emergency Management Agency will hold a Hurricane Sally Presser.
8:24 AM WED: Water in the Mobile Bay is currently going out of the bay which will relieve the area of any potential flooding. The strong north to south winds pushed the water out of the bay. Dauphin Island is currently seeing 79 mph wind speeds while Fort Morgan is seeing 89 mph.
8:11 AM WED: National Weather Service says Pensacola has seen 3-4 feet in water levels rising due to storm surge and rain from Hurricane Sally. The flooding is located in Downtown Pensacola.
7:55 AM WED: Hurricane Sally is still a Category 2 with sustained winds at 100 Mph. The storm is moving North-Northeast at 3 mph. High tide in Pensacola will be at 11 AM.
7:51 AM WED: As day breaks on Wednesday areas across the WKRG News 5 area are starting to see the damage from Hurricane Sally. Here’s photos from the damage in Okaloosa County
7:35 AM WED: Look at the Flag at the Mobile Regional Airport
7:30 AM WED: Chief of Staff of the Governor’s staff, Jo Bonner joined WKRG News 5 to discuss the message of Gov Ivey. Gov Ivey talked to the President about the power companies and restoring power throughout the Gulf Coast.
7:16 AM WED: Pensacola saw flooding early Wednesday morning as Sally made landfall. Footage from Dauphin Island was take during the landing of the eye wall with heavy downpours, a completely destroyed mobile home, and heavy winds.
6:45 AM WED: Reports of about 70-100 fallen trees have been reported in since 9 PM Tuesday night. Major roads such as Cottage Hill Rd., Spring Hill Ave., Dauphin St., and Old Shell Rd. have fallen trees blocking them. If you want to report a fallen tree call 911.
6:30 AM WED: There is wind damage in Summerdale, Alabama and a tree fell through a house on 4th street. The USS Alabama Mighty A is traversing due to the Wind and waves produced from Hurricane Sally. The National Weather Service is also down.
6:27 AM WED: The outer band that came through Foley is now blowing through Loxley. The strength of the wind is incredibly strong. More drivers have been seen on the road as daybreak approaches. It is currently not recommended on leaving safety.
6:22 AM WED: The visibility in the WKRG News 5 area is very poor due to the rain from Hurricane Sally. Stefani Rd and West Nile Rd has a barricade blown into the street. US-29 Molino has tree down. AL-181 Cortez to Dune road is closed. AL-161 to AL-182 road is closed due to flooding. Tree is down near exit 10 on I-10 eastbound in Pensacola.
6:16 AM WED: Major damage reported out of Gulf Shores and many trees down in Daphne and Mobile. 17 inches of rain has fallen in Foley, this is record falling levels seen in Foley. Mobile, Bay Minett, and Brewton will continue to see rain. Bayou Sara is currently 3 feet with the water level, it is forecasted to rise to 8.5 feet. Perdido River is currently at 4 feet with the water level, by Thursday morning the forecast predicts 25.7 feet.
6:09 AM WED: A truck has overturned on the I-10 Bayway near the Battleship exit. It is unclear if anyone was hurt in this accident at this time.
5:58 AM WED: Inside the Studer building off east Garden St in downtown Pensacola, the roof has been buckling all morning as the rain begins to leak through.
5:56 AM WED: Daphne saw forces from the eye wall. The eye wall is the worst part of the storm with the strongest winds and rain.
5:42 AM WED: The wind speeds were reported at 121 mph in Dauphin Island, 112 mph in Fort Morgan, and 68 mph downtown Mobile.
5:39 AM WED: South Baldwin County is under a flood emergency due to the rain and storm surge from Hurricane Sally.
5:30 AM WED: Large tree down in Saraland Roberts St. Major wind damage from Orange Beach to Gulf Shores. Even though Escambia County Alabama is seeing tropical storm winds there is a chance of seeing hurricane-level winds early Wednesday morning even as Hurricane Sally begins to weaken. Gulf Shores has probably seen the worst weather all ready. That doesn’t mean they won’t see bad weather any more.
5:18 AM WED: Transformers continued to blow in Loxley as heavy rains fell
5:15 AM WED: Near Cafe Del Rio on the Bayway cars drove cautiously and slowly across the Bayway as strong winds blew.
5:07 AM WED: Strong winds in Mobile AL caught on camera
4:45 AM WED: Official landfall of Hurricane Sally in Gulf Shores wind speeds 105 MPH.
4:38 AM WED: Hurricane Sally has not technically made landfall yet. Landfall is imminent in Gulf Shores in the next 15-20 minutes. Landfall will be declared when the center of the Hurricane eye is finally over land.
4:35 AM WED: In Mobile a crash blocking the left lane at Texas street. Responders are on the scene. In Baldwin County an accident at I-65 S/B Exit 45 is blocking the right lane which has been going on for a few hours. In Malbis a tree fell on a power line. Closing the street at AL-181. On US-98 in Daphne a Power Pole is down. On AL-59 a fallen tree blocks the road. The roadway of Moffett Rd near Snow Rd is now closed.
4:30 AM WED: Flood stages are rising and will be over 25 feet around overnight Wednesday/Thursday. Currently the storm surge is picking up in the Panhandle about 4 feet in Pensacola or higher. Today will see a lot of Hurricane effects throughout the day. Up to 100 mph gusts.
4:28 AM WED: CAT Country 98.7 confirmed on Facebook that boats are in the road from the Storm Surge in Orange Beach from Hurricane Sally
4:06 AM WED: Footage from Pensacola Bridge starting yesterday leading into today
3:50 AM WED: With high winds tornado warnings are in affect for a few locations in Baldwin County and Northwest Florida
3:36 AM WED: Video footage from inside the eye wall of Hurricane Sandy courtesy of United Cajun Navy
3:30 AM WED: Winds in the past thirty minutes in Daphne had significantly saw a drastic difference. Colleen Peterson showed us the pressure difference with a barometer
3:24 AM WED: Reporting in Loxley, Debbie Williams saw even more wind and rain
2:44 AM WED: Video footage of 100+ mph winds hitting South Baldwin County and video footage of a possible transformer blowing in Robertsdale
2:38 AM WED: Along the causeway in Mobile strong winds at a low hum while the trees are blown around.
2:07 AM WED: Daphne Alabama wasn’t seeing full Hurricane winds early Wednesday morning. A tree fell and blocked the road of Deer Street.
2:00 AM WED: Mike Wood with Pensacola Police Department discusses the conditions in Pensacola from Hurricane Sally, which is now a Category 2. With high winds and debris everywhere Wood recommends remaining inside and not leaving.
1:08 AM WED: A Flash Flood Emergency is now in effect for southern Baldwin county in AL and Escambia county in FL. This is a very dangerous situation….up to 20 inches of rain has already fallen in these areas and these rains will continue for the next several hours. Landfall is still expected in southern Baldwin county or near the AL/FL line in the next few hours.
1:00 AM WED: Hurricane Sally has intensified even more with max winds of 105 mph. Central pressure is down to 968 mb. Additional strengthening is possible.
12:00 AM WED: Hurricane Sally has re-strengthened to a category 2 hurricane with max winds of 100 mph.
11:36 PM TUE: TORNADO WARNING: For Santa Rosa and Escambia County in FL until 12:15 AM.
11:00 PM TUE: The National Hurricane Center has updated Sally’s maximum winds to 90 mph. It is still moving to the NNE at 2 mph.
10:00 PM TUE: As anticipated, Sally’s track has shifted even further east now showing a landfall location near the AL/FL line sometime Wednesday morning. Max winds are still at 85 mph with central pressure at 972 mb.
9:00 PM TUE: Sally continues to gradually strengthen and is now moving NNE. We are expecting another track shift to the east coming up at 10 pm.
8:00 PM TUE: Sally is now a little stronger. It looks like despite encountering dry air and a some wind shear, Sally is trying to form a more defined eye which indicates strengthening. Max winds are now at 85 mph and additional strengthening is possible before landfall.
7:00 PM TUE: Not much change to Sally’s intensity with this update…Pressure has continued to drop. Still moving north at 2 mph.
6:45 PM TUE: A 77 mph wind gust was reported at Fort Morgan. This is considered to be hurricane-force.
6:17 PM TUE: A 78 mph wind gusts has been recorded on Dauphin Island. This is considered to be hurricane-force.
5:55 PM TUE: A new Tornado Watch has been issued for Baldwin county in AL, and Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties in FL until Wednesday at 6 AM. This includes the waters of Mobile Bay.
4:45 PM TUE: In addition to the Flash Flood Watch for our whole area., a Flash Flood Warning is in effect for coastal Baldwin County in AL, and Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties in FL until 11:15 PM Tuesday evening. Flash flooding is already occurring in these areas and is expected to continue.
3:45 PM TUE: Sally’s track has shifted east yet again. Landfall is now possible near Fort Morgan sometime Wednesday morning. Maximum winds are at 80 mph with a forward motion to the north at 2 mph.
1:00 PM TUE: Maximum winds have dropped slightly to 80 mph and continues moving very slowly to the northwest. The impacts remain the same. Sally has the potential to bring significant flooding from rain, possible life-threatening surge, and severe weather through tomorrow. Stay aware. The next full update from the National Hurricane Center will come in at 4 PM.
12:23 PM TUE: Meaghan Mackey’s coverage of Pensacola and Northwest Florida as bridges start to close including the 3-mile-bridge due to a barge crashing into it.
ALERTS: The hurricane warning is now in effect for Jackson and George counties in MS, and Mobile, and Baldwin Counties in AL. A tropical storm warning has now been extended to include Greene county in Mississippi, Washington and Clarke counties in Alabama, and Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties in Florida. A storm surge warning has been issued for Jackson county in MS, southern Mobile and all of Baldwin County in Alabama. A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for our entire area. Power outages are also expected in the SW part of our area and likely/possible towards the east.
RAINFALL (See graphics below): Sally will likely be a slow-moving tropical cyclone. This means rounds of heavy, tropical downpours for Lower Alabama, Mississippi, and Northwest Florida. Right now, the highest rainfall totals will likely fall along and south of the I-10 corridor. Some areas may pick up 15″+ of rain through the end of next week. The amounts will run lower the farther inland you head. Parts of our area are under excessive rainfall risks as well.
WINDS (See graphics below): Tropical-storm-force are likely to occur, especially closer to the coast. The chances are also in the moderate range inland. The hurricane-force wind potential is most likely to occur in our MS counties and Mobile and Baldwin counties in AL.
SURGE (See graphics below): The highest surge potential will likely occur over coastal MS. Some spots could see 7-10 feet. Coastal Alabama is forecast to receive 6-9 feet mainly during high tide cycles. Amounts will run lower in Northwest Florida, but still around 2-4 feet.
12:10 PM TUE: Alabama Power has reported that more than 3000 customers are without power.
12:08 PM TUE: Debbie Williams brings an update from Baldwin County as power outages have already been seen. Areas of Baldwin County are already flooding and chances of bridges being closed on Hurricane Sally’s arrival.
10:00 AM TUE: At 10 AM, maximum winds hold steady at 85 mph and continues moving very slowly to the northwest. The forecast has shifted east once again. The National Hurricane Center now targeting a landfall near Dauphin Island sometime late tonight or early tomorrow as a category 1 storm. We could continue to see changes to this forecast. The impacts remain the same. Sally has the potential to bring significant flooding from rain, possible life-threatening surge, and severe weather through tomorrow. Stay aware.
7:00 AM TUE: At 7 AM, maximum sustained winds were near 85 mph. The storm is moving very slowly, at 2 mph to the WNW. It will begin to turn more northerly later today, but slowly. Even though the trend has been weaker, the impacts remain the same. Through today there will be increasing rain, wind, surge, and potential spin up tornadoes.
6:39 AM TUE: Meaghan Mackey’s as wind strengthens from rain bans of Hurricane Sally in Northwest Florida.
6:37 AM TUE: Debbie Williams’ update from Gulf Shore as wind picks up from Hurricane Sally.
6:27 AM TUE: Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier announced on Facebook the Causeway (Hwy 193) has closed.
6:26 AM TUE: Colleen Peterson’s update from Mississippi coast
6:09 AM TUE: Chad Petri gives an update on the conditions from South Mobile County
5:48 AM TUE: Meaghan Mackey’s update from Northwest Florida
5:37 AM TUE: Nicolette Schleisman’s update on South Mobile County as she moved to a safer location
5:15 AM TUE: Chad Petri update on flooding in South Mobile County
4:56 AM TUE: Colleen Peterson’s update from Mississippi coast
4:52 AM TUE: Debbie William’s update of Baldwin County
4:50 AM TUE: Nicolette Schleisman’s update of conditions in South Mobile County
4:00 AM TUE: Sally has continued a weakening trend. At 4 AM, maximum sustained winds were near 85 mph. The storm is moving very slowly, at 2 mph to the WNW. It will begin to turn more northerly, but slowly. Even though the trend has been weaker, the impacts remain the same. Through today there will be increasing rain, wind, surge, and potential severe weather. Sally is forecast to make landfall as a category 1 hurricane.
1:00 AM TUE: Sally has weakened to a Category 1 hurricane. At 1 AM, maximum sustained winds were near 90 mph. The storm continues to crawl to the west at 3 mph. A northward turn is forecast to occur Tuesday with increasing rain, wind, and surge on the Gulf Coast. Sally is still forecast to make landfall as a category 2 hurricane.
9:45 PM MON: Sally has slowed down to 3 mph to the WNW. The track has shifted east yet again and a coastal Alabama landfall is now possible now expected Wednesday morning.
3:44 PM MON: Sally is now a category 2 hurricane with max winds of 100 mph. Hurricane warnings have extended the hurricane warnings into NW FL including Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in FL. The Storm Surge warning has been extended to include the MS coast, AL coast and NW FL coast. Landfall potential now in Jackson County, MS overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. See graphics below.
2:20 PM MON: Hurricane warnings now include Jackson and George counties in MS and Mobile and Baldwin counties in AL. Storm surge forecast values have also been increased and can be found below.
11: 06 AM MON: Tropical Storm Sally has formed into a hurricane. Max winds currently 85 mph.
10:44 PM MON: Mobile, Ala. (WKRG) – Tropical Storm Sally is the eighteenth named storm of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Sally is showing signs of strengthening.
It is important to stay updated on this forecast as subtle changes in the track could result in different impacts. The forecast track will continue to change with new updated from the National Hurricane Center.
Now is the time to finish preparations. By this afternoon our weather will begin to deteriorate and rough weather will likely stay around for a few days given the slow-moving nature of Sally.