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Sally threatens the Southeast with flooding and misery after battering Florida and Alabama

September 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Trent Airhart wades through floodwaters, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in downtown Pensacola, Fla. Hurricane Sally made landfall Wednesday near Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a Category 2 storm, pushing a surge of ocean water onto the coast and dumping torrential rain that forecasters said would cause dangerous flooding from the Florida Panhandle to Mississippi and well inland in the days ahead.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Sally threatened the Southeast with torrential rains and misery Thursday after its floodwaters swallowed up homes, downed power lines and turned streets into rivers in Florida and Alabama.

(CNN)Sally threatened the Southeast with torrential rains and misery Thursday after its floodwaters swallowed up homes, downed power lines and turned streets into rivers in Florida and Alabama.

At least one person is dead and one is missing after Sally blew ashore as a Category 2 hurricane early Wednesday in Alabama, Mayor Tony Kennon of Orange Beach told CNN affiliate WSFA.

Its torrential rains and howling winds left more than 510,000 customers without power in Alabama and Florida early Thursday.

In Pensacola and other parts of Florida, where rivers approached dangerous levels, and downed trees and power lines made roads dangerous, counties set up curfews to keep residents safe.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the danger is far from over, warning "pretty much any body of water in northwest Florida" could see a rise in levels over the next few days because of Sally.

Sally's torrential rains led to historic and catastrophic flooding, the National Hurricane Center said.

Southeast Alabama and central Georgia could see 4 to 12 inches of rain, with significant flash flooding possible.

Parts of South Carolina are forecast to receive 4 to 10 inches of rain, CNN meteorologist Robert Shackelford said.

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