Hurricane Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama, early Wednesday as a Category 2 storm, and the National Hurricane Center warned of "catastrophic and life-threatening flooding" along the north-central Gulf Coast. Sally was crawling northeast at 3 mph with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph. It is the first hurricane to make landfall in Alabama since Ivan in 2004. Heavy rain is being reported in southern Alabama and western Florida, with six inches recorded in the Florida Panhandle on Tuesday afternoon. Winds are also picking up in coastal regions across Mississippi, Alabama, and western Florida, and forecasters say tropical storm-force winds could batter some areas for 30 straight hours, CNN reports.

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