Category 1 Hurricane Sally is pummeling southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle after it crossed land Wednesday morning, prompting water rescues, sapping power, dropping trees and threatening catastrophic flooding as it crawls at an agonizingly slow pace.
The storm's sluggish speed, roughly three miles per hour increases its capacity for destruction, pummelling coastal states with heavy rain.
The National Hurricane Center reported flooding from Tallahassee, Florida to Mobile Bay in Alabama.
It also warned of a life-threatening storm surge and river flooding inland as far as Georgia.
Hurricane Sally is one of several storms in the Atlantic Ocean, with officials running out of letters to name the hurricanes as it nears the end of its annual alphabetic list.