Hurricane Sally has left nearly half a million people in Florida and Alabama without power.
According to PowerOutage.us, around 270,000 people are without power in Alabama while around 190,000 are without power in Florida. There are also 60,000 people in Louisiana and 10,000 in Mississippi without power.
In Alabama, more than 125,000 people are without power in Baldwin County and nearly 140,000 are without power in Mobile County. In Escambia County, more than 6,000 people are without power. Covington, Conecuh, Butler, Monroe, Clarke, and Washington counties are also facing power outages.
Southern Company, which includes Alabama Power, is ready to respond to the power outages caused by Hurricane Sally.
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Steve Kirkham, general manager of Power Delivery for Alabama Power’s Mobile Division, said in a statement: “We are fully prepared to respond. We’re going to do that in a safe and effective manner. Our customers can count on the fact that we are going to respond just as quickly as we can safely do so.”
In Florida, Escambia County is the worst-affected with more than 140,000 customers without power, while nearly 40,000 people in Santa Rosa are without power. More than 15,000 people are without power in Okaloosa and nearly 6,000 are out in Walton.
Gulf Power has reported outages in Escambia, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa. Marlene Santos, president of Gulf Power, said in a statement: “As the outer bands of Hurricane Sally come onshore, we understand the anxiety many of our customers are feeling and want to reassure them that we’re ready to respond during these unprecedented times.
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“We have a restoration workforce of more than 2,000 secured, and our team has been restoring power since the first bands of severe weather began to hit overnight. We will continue to work as long as it’s safe. You have our commitment that we’ll work around the clock after the storm clears until all customers have power again.”
Hurricane Sally is moving inland with hurricane conditions expected to continue through Wednesday afternoon, while historic and catastrophic flooding is expected in Florida and Alabama. Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina are also expected to experience flooding.
The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center came with some changes to its advisories for Hurricane Sally.
The Hurricane Warning has been replaced with a Tropical Storm Warning from the Mississippi/Alabama border westward to the mouth of the Pearl River, and the Tropical Storm Warning west of the mouth of the Pearl River has been discontinued.
The Storm Surge Warning has been discontinued from the Mississippi/Alabama border to Fort Morgan, including portions of Mobile Bay. A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Fort Morgan, Alabama, to the Walton/Bay county line, Florida.
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Mississippi/Alabama border to the Okaloosa/Walton county line, Florida, and a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for east of the Okaloosa/Walton county line, Florida, to Indian pass, Florida, and the Mississippi/Alabama border to the mouth of the Pearl River.