Trent Airhart wades through floodwaters on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, in downtown Pensacola, Florida. Hurricane Sally made landfall Wednesday near Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a Category 2 storm, pushing a surge of ocean water onto the coast and dumping torrential rain that forecasters said would cause dangerous flooding from the Florida Panhandle to Mississippi and well inland in the days ahead [Gerald Herbert/AP]

Hurricane Sally uprooted trees, flooded streets and cut power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses on Wednesday as it brought what the United States’ National Hurricane Center (NHC) called “historic and catastrophic” flooding to the Alabama-Florida coast.

Sally, which made landfall early Wednesday near Gulf Shores, Alabama as a Category 2 storm, was downgraded in the afternoon to

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