A man was killed and one woman is still missing in the north side of the Back Bay area. Sally made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane in Gulf Shores, Ala. which neighbors Orange Beach.
Orange Beach City Administrator Ken Grimes told NewsNation affiliate WKRG the man’s death was water-related as a result of Sally.
The storm lumbered ashore near the Florida-Alabama line early Wednesday with 105 mph winds and rain measured in feet, swamping homes and forcing the rescue of hundreds of people as it pushed inland.
In Orange Beach, the wind blew out the walls in one corner of a condominium building, exposing at least five floors. At least 50 people were rescued from flooded homes and taken to shelters, Mayor Tony Kennon said.
Sally, now a tropical storm, continues to bring life-threatening flooding to the Florida panhandle and southern Alabama, and heavy rains from the storm are spreading northward into eastern Alabama and western Georgia.
The center of Sally will move across southeastern Alabama Wednesday night, over central Georgia on Thursday, and South Carolina Thursday night.
Moving at just 3 mph, or about as fast as a person can walk, the storm made landfall at 4:45 a.m. close to Gulf Shores, Alabama, about 30 miles from Pensacola, Florida. It accelerated to a light jog as it battered the Pensacola and Mobile, Alabama, metropolitan areas encompassing nearly 1 million people.
Sally’s crawl made it hard to predict where it would strike. Just two days before landfall, the storm was forecast to hit New Orleans — 140 miles west of where it came ashore.
Sally cast boats onto land or sank them at the dock, flattened palm trees, peeled away roofs, blew down signs and knocked out power to more than 540,000 homes and businesses. A replica of Christopher Columbus’ ship the Nina that had been docked at the Pensacola waterfront was missing, police said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.