Slow-moving storm Sally batters boats and bridges

Slow-moving storm Sally batters boats and bridges
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  • calendar-gray 17 September 2020

Hurricane Sally has crashed into the southern US in slow motion, bringing torrential rain and storm surges, smashing boats and breaking bridges, APA reports citing BBC.

It made landfall as a Category 2 and although now a tropical storm, its glacial pace means there are still warnings of danger to life.

Pensacola, Florida, was badly hit, with a loose barge bringing down part of the Bay Bridge.

There are also storm surge warnings for Alabama as Sally heads north.

At 16:00 local time (21:00 GMT), Sally was 55 miles (88km) north of Pensacola and close to the Alabama border. Its 7mph speed in a north-easterly direction is almost a sprint - at one point it was 3mph.

Sally made landfall at Gulf Shores, Alabama, at 04:45 local time on Wednesday, with maximum wind speeds of 105mph.

The latest speeds are put at about 60mph, but it has been the torrents of rainfall and high storm surges that have been its most damaging factors.

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