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Historic Rain From Sally Hits Gulf Coast With An Autumn Chill Inbound To Indiana

12"-24"+ rainfall along the central Gulf Coast with Sally beginning to pick up speed.
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What a 36 hours it's been for our friends along the Gulf Coast and not into Alabama and Georgia.  Sally made landfall early Wednesday morning in Gulf Shores, AL as a Category 2 with 105 mph winds.

Sally actually intensified trust prior to landfall and took a slight wobble to the east which placed Pensacola within the eyewall.  As expected, the rain footprint from this hurricane was massive and indeed historic in nature.  Radar rain estimates and spotter reports conclude a swath of 12"-24" in the heaviest areas... with some places exceeding 24".

At this hour the center of circulation is northwest of Dothan, Al with a quicker movement (finally) to the northeast.  Flash flooding remains a concern in the southeastern U.S.

Meanwhile, northwesterly flow aloft developing in the upper midwest will cause more acceleration of Sally Thursday... and it's this pattern shift that delivers much cooler air to central Indiana.

We're expecting lows in the 40s Friday morning and several mornings into next week.  In addition to the mid-October-like air, a string of sunny days comes with the cooler air.  Great news for outdoor plans, but not the parched landscape throughout the state.

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