Hurricane Sally tore down a section of a major bridge, damaged buildings and caused “catastrophic” flooding when it hit parts of Florida and Alabama on Wednesday, according to reports and dramatic footage.
A strip of Three Mile Bridge in Pensacola has been shown missing after the Category 2 storm made landfall Wednesday at the beginning, carrying fierce winds of 105 mph, according to local station ABC 3.
The city’s streets in the panhandle of Florida looked like more rivers rushing – with feet of water threatening to engulf some cars – from Wednesday afternoon, according to footage mandated by CNN.
In the city of Gulf Shores, Alabama, the side of a condominium tower has been uncovered, exposing the interior of five levels of homes, movies captured by nature photographer Brian Emfinger shows.
The slow-moving cyclone – which was hovering at around 5 mph Wednesday afternoon – unleashed waterfalls, left trees and caused at least 500,000 power outages in the area, authorities said.
“Historic and catastrophic floods, including widespread floods from moderate to large rivers, are developing,” forecasters say. according to USA Today.
As of Wednesday afternoon, some areas were already flooded by 24 inches of rain and could receive up to 35 inches by the end of the week.
Forecasters have warned that a storm will cause dangerous flooding in areas ranging from the Florida Panhandle to the Mississippi and even inland over the next few days.
“This is a THREATENING LIFE SITUATION. SEEK UPPER LAND NOW !! “The National Meteorological Service tweeted.