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 coasts of Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi. Sally's top sustained winds jumped from 85 miles per hour late Tuesday to 105 mph on Wednesday, and the storm is crawling northeast at 3 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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