Hurricane Sally makes landfall as Category 2 storm, bringing extreme winds and flooding

Hurricane Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama, early Wednesday morning (Sept. 16) as a Category 2 hurricane after strengthening overnight. The slow-moving storm hit with sustained winds of 105 mph (169 km/h), toppling trees, cutting power and dropping extreme amounts of rain, according to CNN.

After landfall, the storm weakened into a Category 1 hurricane. It is now about 15 miles west/northwest of Pensacola, Florida and has maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 km/h), according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

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