Tropical Storm Sally dropped heavy rain over parts of the southeastern U.S. on Wednesday afternoon. At 5:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday the center of Tropical Storm Sally was located at latitude 31.2°N and longitude 86.8°W which put it about 85 miles (135 km) west of Dothan, Alabama. Sally was moving toward the northeast at 7 m.p.h. (11 km/h). The maximum sustained wind speed was 60 m.p.h. (95 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 75 m.p.h. (120 km/h). The minimum surface pressure was 990 mb.
A Tropical Storm Warning remained in effect for the portion of the coast from the Alabama/Florida border to Indian Pass, Florida.
The winds to tropical storm force were occurring in bands over the Gulf of Mexico in the southern part of Tropical Storm Sally. Most of the winds over land were blowing at less than tropical storm force.
Hurricane Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama on Wednesday morning as a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. A NOAA C-MAN station at Ft. Morgan, Alabama measured a sustained wind speed 98 m.p.h. (158 km/h) and a peak wind gust of 121 m.p.h. (195 km/h) when the western eyewall passed over it. Another weather station at Bon Secour, Alabama measured a sustained wind speed of 71 m.p.h. (115 km/h). There were reports of widespread power outages in Alabama. The Pensacola Naval Air Station reported a wind gust of 82 m.p.h. (132 km/h).
The wind pushed the water toward the coast and there was a storm surge over the barrier sialnds and along the coast of Alabama and northwest Florida. Since the eye of Sally passed east of Mobile, Alabama, northerly winds pushed the water out of Mobile Bay and the water level dropped several feet. Heavy rain fell north and east of the center of Sally and creeks an rivers were rising quickly in parts of southern Alabama and northwestern Florida.
Tropical Storm Sally will move northeast across Southeast Alabama on Wednesday night. Sally will be over Georgia on Thursday and it will be over South Carolina on Thursday night. Tropical Storm Sally will continue to drop heavy rain over those areas and Flash Flood Watches were in effect for parts of northwestern Florida, southern Alabama, Georgia, western North Carolina and western South Carolina.
Elsewhere, Hurricane Teddy was on a track that could take it near Bermuda in a few days. At 5:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday the center of Hurricane Teddy was located at latitude 17.5°N and longitude 50.8°W which put it about 710 miles (1145 km) east of the Lesser Antilles. Teddy was moving toward the northwest at 13 m.p.h. (20 km/h). The maximum sustained wind speed was 100 m.p.h. (160 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 120 m.p.h. (195 km/h). The minimum surface pressure was 973 mb.