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Sally updates: Storm slamming Gulf Coast with life-threatening flooding

Torrential rain is falling at 4 inches per hour in parts of Alabama and Florida.

9/17/2020 4:37:00 AM

'This is outside of our window!' Residents of Plash Island, Alabama, spotted what appears to be a 10- to 12- foot alligator swimming outside their home after Hurricane Sally made landfall nearby.

Torrential rain is falling at 4 inches per hour in parts of Alabama and Florida.

The latestSally, now a tropical storm, is crawling north-northeast at 7 mph, near Dothan, Alabama.Jonathan Bachman/ReutersA car drives down Government Street during Hurricane Sally in Mobile, Ala., Sept. 16, 2020.A car drives down Government Street during Hurricane Sally in Mobile, Ala., Sept. 16, 2020.

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Even though Sally is weakening in terms of wind speed, the torrential rain is extremely dangerous, especially in eastern Alabama and western Georgia.Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesGULF SHORES, ALABAMA - SEPTEMBER 15: A man walks though a flooded parking lot as the outer bands of Hurricane Sally come ashore on September 15, 2020 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The storm is bringing heavy rain, high winds and a dangerous storm surge from Louisiana to Florida.

GULF SHORES, ALABAMA - SEPTEMBER 15: A man walks though a flooded parking lot as the outer bands of Hurricane Sally come ashore on September 15, 2020 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The storm is bringing heavy rain, high winds and a dangerous storm surge from Louisiana to Florida.

Parts of western Florida and the southeastern Alabama coast are under flash flood emergencies through the evening. Roughly 544,598 customers have lost power in Georgia, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama.Officials in Baldwin County, Alabama, reported"major to catastrophic flooding," urging residents to stay off the roads.

The water is continuing to rise and crews are conducting search-and-rescue efforts at homes where residents are trapped, said Sherry-Lea Bloodworth Botop, spokesperson for Baldwin County Emergency Management.Some people have been airlifted from shelters, Botop said.

At least 90% of the county is without power, she added.MORE: Hurricane Sally brings dangerous strong storm surge: What you need to knowIn Florida's Walton County, a man was running out of oxygen when waist-deep floodwaters filled his home. Deputies and a good Samaritan helped him evacuate.

In Florida's Santa Rosa County, officials reported downed trees and power lines and said emergency crews were"only responding to high water calls due to the high wind and the excessive rain."Escambia County, Florida, is facing massive flooding due to the historic rainfall, local officials said. Water rescue operations are ongoing there as residents in about 300 homes did not evacuate, officials said. Escambia County Public Safety Director Jason Rogers said 200 National Guardsmen are expected to arrive Thursday.

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In Pensacola, located in Escambia County, where wind gusts reached 92 mph, the flooding is extremely dangerous.Gerald Herbert/APTrent Airhart wades through flood waters, Sept. 16, 2020, in downtown Pensacola, Fla.Trent Airhart wades through flood waters, Sept. 16, 2020, in downtown Pensacola, Fla.

Downtown Pensacola was submerged under 3 to 4 feet of rain Wednesday morning.Nearly 25 inches of rainfall hit Pensacola whilestorm surgein the area climbed to 5.5 feet."Flooded roadways and intersections, along with hazardous debris in roadways (locations), have become too numerous to list," the Pensacola Police Department said."Please stay off the roadways now."

Gerald Herbert/APPeople use flashlights as they walk on flooded streets in search of their vehicle, Sept. 16, 2020, in Pensacola, Fla.People use flashlights as they walk on flooded streets in search of their vehicle, Sept. 16, 2020, in Pensacola, Fla.

Sally even destroyed a Pensacola bridge; local authorities posted this photo showing the missing section.Pensacola Mayor Grover C. Robinson told ABC News Live that winds made it difficult for crews to inspect the damage. He urged residents not to go out.

"One of the biggest problems that our police department had today was getting cars that would drive into running water and get stuck. So it wasn't people trying to evacuate during the middle of the storm it was the people, sightseers, who wanted to get out after the storm," he said."So right now, if you could stay home, wait for us to get through and then we can get out there and see everything."

Robinson also noted that the city has an issue with shelters, due to thecoronaviruspandemic."We used to pack a lot of people into a shelter. We can't do that with COVID," he said.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said during a news conference Wednesday evening that there were no credible reports of fatalities in Florida.

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"Be mindful of the rivers rising. Remain vigilant," he said.The storm forced some Alabama first responders to stay indoors -- the Orange Beach Police Department said it could no longer respond to calls."Present conditions are preventing us from answering calls at this time. Please take all measures to be as safe as possible," the department tweeted."If you have the option to move to higher ground do so now."

As of Wednesday evening, power outages were impacting more than 287,000 customers in Alabama, 252,000 customers in Florida, 3,100 customers in Georgia and 739 customers in Mississippi.Petty Officer 3rd Class Carlos G/U.S. Coast Guard DistrictCoast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk and MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews conduct critical incident search and rescue overflights of the areas impacted by Hurricane Sally in GulfPort, Miss., Sept. 16, 2020.

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk and MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews conduct critical incident search and rescue overflights of the areas impacted by Hurricane Sally in GulfPort, Miss., Sept. 16, 2020.Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesA tattered American flag is seen as the winds and rain from Hurricane Sally pass through the area on Sept. 16, 2020 in Mobile, Ala.

A tattered American flag is seen as the winds and rain from Hurricane Sally pass through the area on Sept. 16, 2020 in Mobile, Ala.The forecastSally will likely become a tropical depression as it moves north Thursday night. Flash flood emergencies and tornado watches remain in effect across portions of the Florida panhandle into southwest Georgia. This watch includes cities such as Tallahassee and Valdosta.

ABC NewsAn ABC News weather map shows predictions for the Sally forecast track through Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.An ABC News weather map shows predictions for the Sally forecast track through Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.The storm will bring heavy rain and possible flash flooding to Georgia and the Carolinas from Thursday through Friday.

Up to 1 foot of rain is possible across southern Alabama, central Alabama and the Atlanta area.ABC NewsAn ABC News weather map shows predictions for additional rain through Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.An ABC News weather map shows predictions for additional rain through Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.

Sally is the eighth continental U.S. named storm to make landfall in 2020. The other named storms to make landfall in 2020 so far have been: Bertha, Cristobal, Fay, Hanna, Isaias, Laura and Marco.Sally's landfall in Gulf Shores, Alabama, comes 16 years to the day after Hurricane Ivan made landfall in Gulf Shores as a Category 3 storm.

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Among the destruction from the storm....I would think seeing this in your back yard would be another negative. The alligator is swimming comfortably. I wonder if people in the area can condemn the submerged roads where the alligators are swimming around to shelter. And people said dinosaurs were extinct. 👆👆👆👆👆👆👆👆👆👆👆👆

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He's looking for Trump supporters. SaRaAshcraft where u see gators you will find water moccasins,, realDonaldTrump but let him tell it, we don't have a climate concern. He plays on the fears of residents who live in red states,low income,poverty, scares them by saying they are going 2 take their guns away. Help educate them, don't use scare tactics. RepsForBiden okmulgee

Don’t be rude..! Let him in! He’s probably scared to death! People have no heart anymore! OMG 😱 you’ll will need an extra care with your pets 🐶🐈🐕Crawl 😱😱 Yeah, so, 2020 Looks like that 🐊 has been feeding on innocent Alabamans for the last decade. Here’s me.... That's a pretty big self-propelled suitcase.

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Hurricane Sally forecast: Gulf Coast braces for flooding, dangerous storm surgeA pier was damaged and submerged under water in Bear Point Hood in Orange Beach, Alabama. Hurricane Sally is forecast to bring dangerous storm surge and historic and life-threatening flooding this week to the Gulf Coast. Slowly but surely.. The happenings of these disasters is gonna contribute to one big natural disaster.... Mother Earth is angry. Yet she is being ignored!! Wake up people!! TrumpHidTheTruth

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Tropical Storm Sally Moves Toward Gulf Coast As Bermuda Braces For Hurricane PauletteForecasters are closely monitoring a pair of weather systems that threaten to deliver more damage in what has already been an active hurricane season. Hurricane Paulette is rolling toward Bermuda while Tropical Storm Sally is moving toward the Gulf Coast. Hope they don’t start any forest fires behold, a forecast without sharpie... This tweet was published for an article that is now three days old.

Hurricane Sally updates: Storm makes landfall as Category 2, brings life-threatening rain to Gulf CoastA search-and-rescue volunteer group surveyed the damage to parts of Orange Beach, Alabama, showing overturned boats, flooding and damaged structures in the wake of HurricaneSally making landfall nearby on Wednesday morning. Maybe these red states will start believing in climate change... See, Trump was right about the storm hitting Alabama. Feel bad for them, but maybe they should manage their oceans better.