Hurricane Sally brought heavy rain and choppy seas to the Florida panhandle on September 15, as the National Weather Service warned of “historic, life-threatening flash flooding along portions of the northern Gulf coast.”
Footage shows docks in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, submerged as water creeps over the shoreline.
Meteorologist Ray Hawthorne told WMFE on September 15 he was “expecting 10 to 20 inches of rain in a widespread area from Destin and Fort Walton west to Pensacola,” with a possibility of “isolated amounts of up to 30 inches.”
Fort Walton Beach shut down all city facilities and programs on Tuesday, September 15, in anticipation of the storm.
The National Weather Service reported Hurricane Sally would move slowly toward the Gulf Coast, resulting in “prolonged impacts from damaging winds, storm surge, flooding rains, and isolated tornados.” Credit: @JDW4Bama via Storyful