Hurricane Sally made landfall early this morning along the Alabama-Florida border, and the wind and rain from it are already reaching Georgia. It has since been downgraded to a depression.
The storm is expected to drop several inches of rain over north Georgia Wednesday night.
A flash flood watch is in effect through Friday morning.
Heard County and Thomaston-Upson County schools are closed Thursday due to storm concerns.
Georgia Power crews said they are ready for any storm damage that might happen in Georgia. On Wednesday night, there were only a few thousand power outages across the state.
LIVE COVERAGE of Hurricane Sally and its impact on Georgia throughout the morning, on Channel 2 Action News
Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brad Nitz says the bulk of the rain will be south of I-20.
Here’s what to know:
- A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for most of north Georgia until Friday morning.
- 4 to 5 inches of rain is possible in some areas, Some areas could see up to 8 inches
- High temperatures to remain in the 70s
Sally lashes coast as it moves along the coast
Channel 2′s Tony Thomas was thereat the coast as the storm made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama around 5:45 a.m.
Thomas learned that at least one person in Alabama died due to the storms. Another person is missing.
Thomas said the wind pounded overnight, causing structures and trees to fall. The storm also caused catastrophic flooding, dumping four months of rain in just 24 hours.
More than 20 inches of rain has fallen since last night.
“I might have 1% salvageable, after water damage and all that, it’s gone,” Eric Lindsey said. “It’s just the physical place, it’s not the heart of the business, I’m the heart of the business. So we just keep going, that’s what we do.”
In the Pensacola area, officials say that there may be portions of bridges that may be out and that water rescues are continuing through the day.
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