GULF SHORES, Ala.—Hurricane Sally made landfall early yesterday near Gulf Shores, Alabama, bringing flooding, torrential rains and high winds, reports the Wall Street Journal. The National Hurricane Center warned that the storm could dump as much as 35 inches of rain in some spots. A state of emergency has been declared in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.
The storm brought down tree limbs and shattered store windows in Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida, before heading northeast. Forecasters expect the storm to weaken as it moves across the western part of the Florida panhandle and rural southeastern Alabama through early Thursday. At that time, it will become a tropical depression that is expected to pass over central Georgia and into South Carolina. Almost 500,000 customers had lost power in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi as of yesterday morning.
NACS has collected a list of declarations and announcements from states affected by the storm for c-store retailers and the FMCSA:
In addition, retailers may visit NACS’ Disaster and Emergency Preparedness tool kit for insights into the best ways they can prepare for storms and be ready to help their communities once they pass.
Hurricane Sally is the latest in a string of major storms sweeping across the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico this hurricane season. In late August, Hurricane Laura, a deadly Category 4 storm, made landfall in Louisiana west of New Orleans. Two more major storms—Hurricane Teddy and Tropical Storm Vicky—are currently moving across the Atlantic. Hurricane season officially ends Nov. 30.
Emergency Planning Resources
NACS has resources that can help convenience retailers create or enhance their disaster planning procedures. Developed alongside the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA experts, convenience retailers can boost their business’s resiliency as they plan, prepare and recover from a disaster. The resources include planning guides, task checklists, employee videos and a free mobile app that contains the resources.