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Sally downgrades to tropical depression leaving behind path of destruction in Ala., Fla. panhandle

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Posted at 2:57 PM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 05:01:53-04

MIAMI — Sally has downgraded to a tropical depression, but not before it left a devastating path of destruction to parts of the Florida panhandle and the northern Gulf Coast.

Sally made landfall in Gulf Shores, Alabama early Wednesday morning, marking the first hurricane to make landfall in the state in 16 years. The storm has delivered damaging winds and life-threatening flooding to cities in the northern Gulf Coast.

Governor Ron DeSantis issued local state of emergencies for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties ahead of Sally.

Sally is 50 miles southeast of Montgomery, Alabama and is packing 30 mph winds, according to the National Hurricane Center's (NHC) 11 p.m. update on Wednesday. The system is moving northeast at 12 mph, NHC says.

The devastating storm killed at least one person in Alabama.

NHC says Sally is still producing torrential rain over eastern Alabama and parts of Georgia. No more advisories on the storm will be issued by NHC.

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