Sally drenches U.S. southeast after hitting Gulf Coast as hurricane

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Sally drenches US southeast after hitting Gulf Coast as hurricane

Tropical Storm Sally has downed trees, flooded streets and homes and knocked out power, reportedly killing one person, as it pounded the USA southeast with torrential rain. More than 500,000 homes and businesses across the area were without power as the storm knocked over stately oak trees and tore power lines from poles.

Hurricane Sally pushed boats onto land.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was to visit Pensacola on September 17 to survey the damage, which included a missing section of a major new bridge across Pensacola Bay.

Authorities in Pensacola, Florida said 200 National Guard members would arrive on Thursday to help. The Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee closed nine Catholic schools in Escambia, Santa Rosa and Bay Counties Sept. 15-16.

"Flooded roadways and intersections, along with hazardous debris in roadways have become too numerous to list", the Pensacola police tweeted.

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No suspect information was available from police on Saturday morning, and officers are not commenting on any possible motives. Simmons said it was too early to say whether more than one person was shooting or who the intended targets may have been.

Meanwhile Friday, Tropical Storm Wilfred formed in the eastern Atlantic, using the last of the traditional names for tropical systems in a record setting Atlantic hurricane season.

Alpha's maximum sustained winds were near 50 miles per hour (85 kph) with little change in strength expected before landfall.

The National Hurricane Center said the system was moving through southeast Alabama, would cross over central Georgia and reach SC on Thursday night.

Some of the crests could break records, submerge bridges and flood some homes, the National Weather Service warned.

Now, officials are keeping their eyes on new threats brewing.

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The electricity grid was struggling to cope, and efforts were being made to restore power in Karditsa and the Ionian islands. On Friday, Ianos is expected to affect the rest of the Peloponnese, central Greece , Attica and Evia.

Sally was the second hurricane to hit the Gulf Coast in less than three weeks and the latest to blow in during one of the busiest hurricane seasons ever.

It later decreased to a Category 1 storm.

Sierra Patterson holds her 3-week-old baby Tru Alexander in their flooded apartment where floodwaters reached two feet inside, after Hurricane Sally moved through.

Sally's effects were felt all along the northern Gulf Coast, affecting low-lying properties in MS and southeastern Louisiana.

In Louisiana, about 41,000 people remained without power around Lake Charles, where Hurricane Laura made landfall on August 27. Orange Beach, Alabama, Mayor Tony Kennon told The Associated Press one person in the popular vacation spot died and another was missing as a result of the storm.

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"We have been in constant communication with both local cities and the county emergency management agency, and regret that Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores, and Orange Beach areas of our beach community received significant damage from Hurricane Sally", said Herb Malone, president and CEO for Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism.

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