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HURRICANE SALLY UPDATE: 5AM UPDATE

Staff Report

HOLMES AND WASHINGTON COUNTIES -  Sally’s Northern eyewall currently is moving across the gulf coast from Pensacola Beach westward to Daulphin Island, Alabama with hurricane conditions and life threatening flooding likely to occur along portions of the Northern Gulf Coast.

The storm is currently  about 50 miles South by South East of Mobile and 40 miles South West of Pensacola with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour.  

The Hurricane Warning has been replaced with a Tropical Storm Warning from the Mississippi/Alabama border westward to the Mouth of the Pearl River.

The Tropical Storm Warning west of the Mouth of the Pearl River has been discontinued.

Waves from Hurricane Sally break near the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier Tuesday morning.

The Storm Surge Warning has been discontinued from the Mississippi/Alabama border to Fort Morgan, including portions of Mobile Bay.

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TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT...

  • A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Central Walton, Coastal Bay, Coastal Gulf, Coffee, Geneva, Holmes, Inland Bay, North Walton, and Washington Counties

* WIND

LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Equivalent Tropical Storm force wind

  • Peak Wind Forecast: 35-45 mph with gusts to 55 mph
  •  Window for Tropical Storm force winds: until early Thursday morning
  • Potential for wind 58  to 73 mph.
Storm surge from Hurricane Sally floods this low-lying area of Ferry Park Tuesday morning.

PLAN: Plan for dangerous wind of equivalent strong tropical storm force.

PREPARE: Last minute efforts to protect life and property should now be complete. The area remains subject to significant wind damage.

 ACT: Now is the time to shelter from dangerous wind.

Waves generated by Hurricane Sally smashes into the seawall and boardwalk along Sanders Beach on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.

* FLOODING RAIN

  • LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Flash Flood Watch is in effect
  • Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 6-10 inches, with locally higher amounts

PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for extreme flooding from heavy rain. Evacuations and rescues are likely.

PREPARE: Urgently consider protective actions from extreme and widespread rainfall flooding.

ACT: Heed any flood watches and warnings. Failure to take action will likely result in serious injury or loss of life.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Devastating to Catastrophic

Extreme rainfall flooding may prompt numerous evacuations and rescues.

A car drives down Santa Rosa Boulevard Tuesday evening through floodwaters created by Hurricane Sally.

Rivers and tributaries may overwhelmingly overflow their  banks in many places with deep moving water. Small streams, creeks, and ditches may become raging rivers. Flood control  systems and barriers may become stressed.

 Flood waters can enter numerous structures within multiple communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed away. Numerous places where flood waters may cover  escape routes. Streets and parking lots become rivers of raging water with underpasses submerged. Driving condition become very dangerous. Numerous road and bridge closures with some weakened or washed out.