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Hurricane Sally Rumbles Onshore with Echoes of Harvey

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A driver navigates along a flooded road as the outer bands of Hurricane Sally come ashore on September 15, 2020 in Bayou La Batre, Alabama. Credit: With much of the nation’s attention focused on Western wildfires, a different climate disaster arrived overnight with a roundhouse kick.

Hurricane Sally this morning is lashing parts of Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle with torrential rain and life-threatening storm surge, according to the National Hurricane Center. By lunch, it could dump between 10 and 30 inches of rain along densely developed beaches and bays from Biloxi, Miss., to Pensacola, Fla.

“If that materializes, there will be devastation,” said Josh Alland, an atmospheric scientist and hurricane expert at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., yesterday afternoon. “It’s not just the rainfall, which will be unprecedented for some parts of the coast, but we also have to remember the surge, which could be very large.” Advertisement Sally spent much of previous 36 hours teeter-tottering through the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Experts say the storm may be slow-moving but is hardly a weakling. In fact, Sally is exhibiting some of the same characteristics of Hurricane Harvey, the 2017 monster storm that […]

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