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Tropical Storm Sally Local Statement Intermediate Advisory Number 23A
National Weather Service Mobile AL  AL192020
806 PM CDT Wed Sep 16 2020

This product covers portions of southwest Alabama...northwest Florida...south 
central Alabama...and inland southeast Mississippi.

**CATASTROPHIC AND LIFE-THREATENING FLOODING CONTINUES OVER PORTIONS OF
THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE AND SOUTHERN ALABAMA**

NEW INFORMATION
---------------

* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - All watches and warnings have been canceled

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - None

* STORM INFORMATION:
    - About 80 miles north-northeast of Pensacola FL or about 80 
      miles north of Fort Walton Beach FL
    - 31.5N 86.5W
    - Storm Intensity 45 mph
    - Movement Northeast or 35 degrees at 7 mph

SITUATION OVERVIEW
------------------

As of 7:00 PM CDT, the center of Tropical Storm Sally continues
to move very slowly northeast through south central Alabama and
weaken. Occasional wind gusts of 25 to 40 mph will be possible
this evening east of the Alabama River.

The heavy rains associated with Sally have moved northeast out
of the area. Occasional light rain will only result in additional 
rainfall of less than one-quarter inch. However, major to near
record river flooding will continue over the next two to three days.

A Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect for the western Florida
Panhandle and portions of southwest Alabama. In addition, rough surf
conditions and dangerous rip currents will persist through tonight.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
-----------------

* FLOODING RAIN:
Little to no additional flooding rain impacts expected.

    - Community officials are now assessing the extent of actual 
      flooding rain impacts accordingly.
    - Emergency response teams are attending to casualty situations 
      as needed.
    - Emergency work crews are restoring essential community 
      infrastructure as necessary.
    - If you have an emergency dial 9 1 1.

* SURGE:
Little to no additional surge impacts expected.

    - Community officials are now assessing the extent of actual 
      surge impacts accordingly.
    - Emergency response teams are attending to casualty situations 
      as needed.
    - Emergency work crews are restoring essential community 
      infrastructure as necessary.
    - If you have an emergency dial 9 1 1.

* WIND:
Little to no additional wind impacts expected.

    - Community officials are now assessing the extent of actual wind 
      impacts accordingly.
    - Emergency response teams are attending to casualty situations 
      as needed.
    - Emergency work crews are restoring essential community 
      infrastructure as necessary.
    - If you have an emergency dial 9 1 1.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
----------------------------------

* EVACUATIONS:
RECOVERY PHASE - Do not enter evacuated areas until officials have 
given the all clear to return.

* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:
Remain safely sheltered until conditions improve. When going outside 
be sure to stay away from downed power lines, hazardous debris and 
flooded areas.

If your home or shelter was damaged, be alert to the smell of gas 
leaks and be cautious around electrical wiring, broken glass, jagged 
metal and wood, and protruding nails and screws.

Check to see if everyone in your group is OK. Administer first aid to 
those who are injured. If possible, call 9 1 1 for any serious 
injuries. Remember, it may be difficult for emergency responders to 
arrive quickly. 

Check in with your emergency points of contact. Let them know your 
location and status. Keep conversations short and to the point. Do 
not tie up communications systems.

Check on your neighbors. If necessary, help them connect with their 
points of contact.

Do not attempt to return to evacuated areas until local authorities 
have inspected roads and bridges and have given the all clear. 
Hazards like downed power lines and trees, washed out roads, 
continued flooding in low lying areas and non-functioning traffic 
lights make travel difficult. 

Allow extra time for emergency vehicles to reach you as they navigate 
road hazards.

Do not attempt to return to evacuated areas until local authorities 
give the all clear. Allow time for officials to inspect bridges and 
overpasses and to mark washed-out roads.

When entering areas that have been heavily damaged, bring along a 
GPS-enabled device to help with street navigation. Do not drive on 
roads that have been marked closed.

Do not go sightseeing within impacted communities. Sightseers 
interfere with the emergency work of first responders.

When inspecting damage, use flashlights rather than candles or flamed 
lanterns. Be aware of sparks that can ignite natural gas or other 
leaking flammables.

Do not go up on your roof until the weather conditions are safe. 
Ladders can be slippery in the rain and unexpected wind gusts can 
blow you off the roof.

When clearing out fallen trees, be careful with chainsaws and axes. 
Always wear protective gear and keep others at a safe distance. 
Leaning trees and those which have fallen on roofs or power lines can 
be especially dangerous. If you are not in good health or unsure 
about what you are doing, have someone with tree cutting experience 
do the job. Never cut trees without a partner.

If using a generator, avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by following 
instructions provided by the manufacturer. Operate your generator in 
a well-ventilated space outside of your living area and away from 
open doors and windows.

Problems with sewer backups can further contaminate standing flood 
waters. Keep children away from flood waters. Also, listen for boil 
water alerts as tap water may have become non-potable.

Be alert for any lingering wind gusts which could take down weakened 
trees and/or power lines, collapse damaged structures, or cause 
flying debris.

Be alert for potential flooding from rising rivers and streams which 
may have yet to crest. Remain informed of the latest river forecasts 
and heed any flood watches and warnings.

Be alert for flooded roads which could be compromised or littered 
with debris. Avoid travel until water levels subside and roads have 
been cleared. Do not drive through places where flood waters cover 
the road. Turn around, don't drown!

Have multiple ways to receive Tornado Warnings if issued. Consider 
nearby shelter options as you move about. Be ready to shelter quickly.

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
- For the latest detailed evacuation and shelter information...please 
refer to your local emergency management agency at the phone number 
or website listed below.
- Coastal Alabama:
- Baldwin County: 251-972-6807 or 
www.baldwincountyal.gov/departments/EMA
- Mobile County: 251-460-8000 or www.mcema.net
- Northwest Florida:
- Escambia County: 850-471-6400 or bereadyescambia.com
- Santa Rosa County: 850-983-5360 www.santarosa.fl.gov/emergency
- Okaloosa County: 850-651-7150 or www.co.okaloosa.fl.us/ps/home
- For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov
- For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org

NEXT UPDATE
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As it pertains to this event...this will be the last local statement 
issued by the National Weather Service in Mobile AL regarding the 
effects of tropical cyclone hazards upon the area.

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