Despite a downgrade to a category 1 hurricane, Sally’s threat to the Alabama Gulf Coast remains about the same. While wind damage was and remains a threat with Sally, the primary threats have always been life threatening storm surge, and catastrophic, perhaps historic flooding along the Northern Gulf Coast.
Surge is determined by storm location and very small scale geographic features. You’ll notice that, based on a storm making landfall West of Mobile, we’d expect the highest surge totals to generally be along the immediate coastline and the western end of Bays, as well as the Mobile-Tensaw Delta.
We also expect Sally to bring some rain and wind to North Alabama too. We’ve got more on our forecast discussion about how Sally impacts us.
Track Sally using our interactive hurricane tracker below, or using Live Alert 19.