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HURRICANE SALLY: 3PM UPDATE

K. William Boyer
Washington County News

The Hurricane Warning from the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Okaloosa/Walton County line has been changed to a Tropical Storm Warning. The Storm Surge Warning from Dauphin Island, Alabama, to the Alabama/Florida border has been discontinued.

 A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...

* Alabama/Florida border to the Walton/Bay County Line Florida A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

* Mississippi/Alabama border eastward to Indian Pass Florida

According to the National Hurricane Center, at 1 p.m., the center of Tropical Storm Sally was located by NWS Doppler radar and surface observations near latitude 30.9 North, longitude 87.1 West.

In Holmes and Washington County, flooding has been widespread in much of the county including parts of Old Bonifay Road, Shivers Park in Pensacola, Foxworth Road, Joiner Road, Hard Labor Road, Parts of Bonifay Geneva Highway, and Highway 90. 

Hurricane Sally, a category 2 storm, made landfall in Gulf Shores at 4:45 a.m., the first hurricane to do so in Alabama since Ivan in 2004 on the same day in the same location.

Sally is moving toward the north- northeast near 5 mph (7 km/h), and a north-northeastward to northeastward motion at a slightly faster forward speed is expected this afternoon and tonight. A faster northeastward motion is forecast Thursday and Thursday night. On the forecast track, the center of Sally will move across the extreme western Florida panhandle and southeastern Alabama through early Thursday, move over central Georgia on Thursday, and move over South Carolina Thursday night.

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Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional weakening is expected as the center moves farther inland this afternoon and tonight, and Sally is forecast to become a tropical depression by Thursday morning. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km) from the center. A sustained wind of 49 mph (80 km/h) and a gust of 76 mph (122 km/h) was recently reported at an unofficial observing site at Tate High School, near Pensacola, Florida. A sustained wind of 47 mph (76 km/h) and a gust to 60 mph (96 km/h) was recently observed at the Okaloosa Fishing Pier, near Okaloosa Island, Florida.