Waves break ashore near the Gulf State Park pier as the outer bands of Hurricane Sally come ashore [Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP]

Hurricane Sally has made landfall along the Gulf Coast in the United States, with forecasts of torrential rains that could provoke “historic” and potentially deadly flash floods.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) on Wednesday said the Category 2 storm hit Alabama at about 4:45am (09:45 GMT), bringing maximum sustained winds of about 165km (105 miles) an hour.

“Historic life-threatening flooding likely along portions of the northern Gulf coast,” the Miami-based centre warned late on Tuesday, adding the hurricane could dump up to 20 inches (500mm) of rain in some areas, causing┬ádangerous flooding from the Florida Panhandle to Mississippi and inland in the

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