WDHN Storm Team: Sally weakening, but extreme impacts continue

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Hurricane Sally has brought it’s most intense impacts to Southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle today: flooded roadways, multiple submerged vehicles, eroded beaches, and numerous tornado warnings throughout the day have kept everyone very busy. While Sally is clearly weakening this evening, it’s safe to say that we are NOT in the clear just yet.

What we can still expect:

Tropical Storm winds/gusts are still possible for many Tri-State residents, but the primary wind threat is in our northern and eastern counties. Sally’s winds will diminish much more rapidly than other aspects of the storm. Power outages caused by fallen tree branches and road closures due to upended trees (from the saturated ground and winds combined) will still likely be seen tonight for many.

The biggest concern is still the flooding. The NWS issued a catastrophic flood potential for Northern Coffee and Dale Counties earlier today. That extreme flooding risk continues tonight for the entirety of both counties, but is a little less extreme for southern residents of Dale and Coffee Counties. Many of the current Flash Flood Warnings will continue until about ten o’clock or even midnight tonight. If you see a flooded roadway, TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN! We cannot emphasize this enough. Two people in Dothan had to be rescued today when their Jeep became submerged at the intersection of Twitchell Rd. and Leona St. according to reports. These situations can be entirely avoided if people choose to take a different route instead of risking their lives.

What has decreased:

The tornado watch has expired this evening for our entire area. The threat for tornadoes has moved farther east into South-Central GA. We’ll continue watching for possible brief spin-ups, but not much is expected in the Wiregrass.

Rain has diminished significantly for many of our southern counties, but banding is still currently occurring in Houston Co. These rain bands could pop back up over different areas tonight especially, so the threat is not over. The absolute heaviest rainfall has now moved into Pike and Barbour Counties.

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Beyond Sally, there is potential for rain this weekend as another system develops in the Gulf and interacts with a cold front that will sweep across the Southeast US. We’ll monitor that especially since we are already inundated throughout the Tri-State. However, that same cold front will create significantly better conditions starting Monday and Tuesday. That taste of Fall is just around the corner.

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