A section of Three Mile Bridge (Pensacola Bay Bridge) is missing after Hurricane Sally. A crane fell on the bridge and knocked away a section of the road way. Residents of the beach are currently landlocked, as the Garcon Point Bridge is closed, as is State Road 399. 30 inches of rain and storm surge turned streets into white-capped rivers Wednesday. Photos and video from coastal areas showed trees downed, debris and boats thrown about and streets flooded. Sally made landfall at 4:45 a.m. with winds of 105 mph near Gulf Shores, Alabama. The storm’s center, picking up in speed at 5 mph as it moves north-northeast, will head across southeastern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle through early Thursday.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, National Guard and Escambia County Fire Rescue spent much of the morning using high-water vehicles to rescue people in homes in the area. As Sally thrashed ashore near Gulf Shores, Alabama, the pier at Gulf State Park suffered significant damage, with the storm destroying large sections of the structure. Much of downtown Pensacola was underwater Wednesday morning, floodwaters were submerging cars. Sally’s path and landfall is eerily similar to Hurricane Ivan’s, which made landfall on the same day – Sept. 16 – in 2004.