The National Hurricane Center is warning nearly 10 million Americans along the Gulf Coast to expect “life-threatening” and “historic” flooding in the next 12 hours as Hurricane Sally continues churning just south of Alabama. The unpredictable storm could dump several feet of rain from Louisiana to Florida when it roars ashore near Mobile Bay, Alabama, on Wednesday.
The storm’s outer bands are lashing parts of the coast, and the storm could spin-off tornadoes later Tuesday night. Sally is proving to be a challenge to predict, changing her speed and intensity several times over the past 24 hours. Forecasters are warning that more surprises could be in store.
As of Tuesday night, the storm was located about 65 miles south-southeast of Mobile, Alabama, and about 60 miles southwest of Pensacola, Florida, the hurricane center said. The storm was moving north-northeast at 2 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph.