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Road, river flooding are big Sally concerns

Some could see more than 20 inches of rain from slow moving storm
A photo from NASA showed Hurricane Sally as it approached the U.S. Gulf Coast on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.
A photo from NASA showed Hurricane Sally as it approached the U.S. Gulf Coast on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.(Source: NASA via CNN)
Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 7:08 AM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -A revised track takes Hurricane Sally more eastward than had earlier been projected and that increases dangers for the WTVY viewing area. Sally, over the next couple of days, will crawl across the Florida panhandle and south Alabama.

Flash Flood Warnings have been issued for much of the area with up to 20 inches of rain possible, with some isolated areas receiving up to 30 inches.

A tornado watch is in effect until at least 6 pm Wednesday.

Mobile homes could be damaged, roofing and siding torn from structures, trees snapped or uprooted, and some roadways will likely become impassable from , predicts the National Weather Service.

Along the panhandle coastline, swells from Sally will cause life-threatening swells and rip current conditions. Another concern is river flooding. The Choctawhatchee in Geneva is expected to crest Saturday at 31 feet, or eight feet about flood stage. Downstream in Bruce, Florida the river is forecast to crest Sunday at 19.7 feet, almost six feet above flood stage.

The Pea River at Elba is projected to crest Saturday at 37.2 feet. Flood stage is 30. The city’s levee last broke in 1990 when a tropical system stalled.

(This story updated to reflect Elba levee last broke in 1990, not 1994. The city flooded in 1994 and 1998 but the levee did not break.)

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