Sally may be big rainmaker but who remembers 1994?
That’s when another tropical system washed away cities and killed over 30 people.
UNDATED, Ala. (WTVY) -Hurricane Sally will drop massive amounts of rain across the Gulf Coast over the next couple of days. However, it likely won’t compare to flooding another system delivered 26 years ago.
Tropical Storm Alberto moved onshore near Destin on July 3, 1994 with winds of about 60 miles an hour. Those winds, however, turned out not to be the problem.
Only after it weakened to a depression did Alberto significantly impact the Ti-States area. It brought rain---lots of rain. After moving inland it stalled and dumped over 20 inches in southeast Alabama and south Georgia.
Rivers spilled out of their banks, towns became lakes, and hundreds of homes were either damaged or destroyed. The levee in Elba, Alabama broke, leaving boats as the only transportation.
Floodwaters from Alberto took 33 lives---31 of the in Georgia and the other two in Alabama. Most of those died due to carelessness.
Hurricane Sally isn’t forecast to stall but it will poke along as it moves inland somewhere around Mobile then across Alabama and the Florida panhandle.
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