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Hurricane Sally Storm Surge Begins

With the eye of the storm still many hours away from landfall, Gulf Coast residents have already begun to see the effects of Hurricane Sally. Big Dan the Tropical Weather Man, in his live streams from Pensacola Beach, Florida, demonstrated waves flowing over the ocean retaining wall and overtaking the beach, washing onto the road. Evacuations have begun in many coastal communities due to the risk of flooding from the storm surge and rainfall from this record setting slow moving storm, which is currently moving at two miles per hour.

Significant flooding is expected from Hurricane Sally. At the time of posting, the eye of storm is currently sitting about 60 miles east of the Mississippi Delta. The outer bands of the storm reach from New Orleans, Louisiana in the west to Jacksonville, Florida in the east; from Montgomery, Alabama in the north to Tampa, Florida in the south. The Florida panhandle is expecting up to a foot of rain on top of the storm surge from this slow moving storm.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Sally is expected to cause flash flooding from the western Florida panhandle to southeastern Mississippi. Evacuations have been issued for the following areas:

  • Escambia County, Florida, Zone A – voluntary evacuation
  • Santa Rosa County, Florida – Zone A – voluntary evacuation. All other zones – no evacuation order in effect, but residents in low lying areas and mobile homes are encouraged to seek shelter
  • Baldwin County, Alabama – Zone 1 and Zone 2 – recommended evacuation, all other low lying areas and anyone living in a mobile home – recommended evacuation
  • Hancock County, Mississippi – Mandatory evacuation for all residents in low lying areas, along rivers, river inlets, creeks, or bayous, and all residents living in mobile homes or homes under construction.
  • Harrison County, Mississippi – Mandatory evacuation order in effect for all residents south of Harrison County Sand Beach Wall. Voluntary evacuation for residents within one block of Highway 90 in city of Long Beach.
  • Jackson County, Mississippi – Voluntary evacuation for residents in low lying areas, along rivers, river inlets, bayous, and creeks, and living in mobile homes or homes under construction.
  • Orleans Parish, Louisiana – Mandatory evacuation order in effect for all residents outside of protective levee system
  • Jefferson Parish, Louisiana – Mandatory evacuation order in effect for Grand Isle. All other mandatory evacuation orders lifted.
  • Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana – Mandatory evacuation order in effect for East Bank. All other evacuation orders lifted.
  • St Charles Parish, Louisiana – Mandatory evacuation order lifted.
  • St John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana – Mandatory evacuation order in effect for Pleasure Bend and all low-lying areas north of Interstate 10 in LaPlace, including Frenier, Peavine, and Manchac. Voluntary evacuation for remainder of parish.

Shelters are open in the following locations:

  • Milton Community Center, 5629 Byrom St, Milton, Florida. This shelter is pet friendly. If bringing a pet, bring them in a pet carrier or crate, with food and supplies for your pet, including litter box, and proof of vaccination. Masks are required at this shelter. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you, but the shelter asks that you bring your own if you are able to. Everyone coming to this shelter should bring personal identification, food and water, and medications you may need, a change of clothing, toiletries, blankets and pillows, games and toys for children, books to read, flashlights, and spare batteries. If you need transportation to this shelter, call 850-983-4636.
  • Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E Gregory St, Pensacola, Florida. If you are going to this shelter, bring three days of food, water, medication, and clothing, as well as bedding, games and toys for children, books to read, flashlights, and spare batteries.
  • Atmore City Hall, 201 E Louisville Ave, Atmore, Alabama. This shelter is for seniors and those with special needs only. Everyone coming to this shelter should bring enough food, water, and medication for three days, as well as bedding and a change of clothing. This shelter will enforce CDC COVID guidelines, and security will be provided by police. If you need transportation to this shelter, call 251-368-9141 or 251-368-9095.
  • Atmore Public Library, 700 E Church St, Atmore, Alabama. This shelter will enforce CDC COVID guidelines and security will be provided by police. Everyone coming to this shelter should bring enough food, water, and medication for three days, as well as bedding and a change of clothing. If you need transportation to this shelter, call 251-368-9141 or 251-368-9095.
  • Baldwin County Coliseum, 19477 Fairground Rd, Robertsdale, Alabama. This is considered a shelter of last resort. Anyone sheltering here must bring all their own supplies, including food, water, medication, clothing, and bedding.
  • Theodore High School, 6201 Swedetown Rd, Theodore, Alabama. Anyone sheltering here must bring all their own supplies, including food, water, medication, clothing, and bedding.
  • Burns Middle School, 6175 Girby Rd, Mobile, Alabama. This shelter is specifically for people with physical or mental health conditions that would need nursing oversight and cannot go to a typical shelter.
  • Agricola Safe Room, 3161 Cooks Corner Rd, Lucedale, Mississippi
  • Bendale Safe Room, 5207 Highway 26 W, Lucedale, Mississippi
  • Kiln Safe Room, 18324 Hwy 43, Kiln, Mississippi . Pets are not allowed at this shelter. Anyone coming to this shelter must bring their own supplies, including food, water, clothing, and bedding. For more information, call 228-255-0942.
  • Saucier-Lizana Safe Room, 23771 Saucier Lizana Rd, Saucier, Mississippi
  • County Farm Road Safe Room, 15038 County Farm Road, Gulfport, Mississippi
  • Lobouy Safe Room, 9509 Lobouy Rd, Pass Christian, Mississippi
  • East Jackson County Safe Room, 18413 Highway 613, Moss Point, Mississippi
  • West Jackson County Safe Room, 13000 Walker Rd, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
  • State Medical Needs Shelter, 1640 Coy Avenue, Wiggins, Mississippi. Admission to this shelter is based on medical need. It is specifically for those who have medical conditions that require professional care, people who need assistance with activities of daily living, people who need supervised medication administration, people who need their vital signs monitored, and people who have some sort of physical, mental, or cognitive disability that would not allow them to go to a typical shelter.

While we have made every effort to be accurate in our reporting, this is an ever changing situation. Please check with local authorities to verify information is still up to date. Curfews are in effect in many localities, and are too numerous and varied to list here. Please check with your local emergency management authorities for more information.

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