“I’m sure it could be worse. But what I saw this morning at the flyover, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach and Fort Morgan is really, really bad,” said Ivey.
Sally landed near Gulf Shores, Alabama on Wednesday as a Category 2 hurricane, wreaking havoc across the state. The storm flooded neighborhoods, sank houses and left thousands of residents without electricity.
According to Dr. Brian Pierce, Baldwin County’s coroner, two people died as a result of the storm. One of the deaths was an apparent drowning in Orange Beach that was discovered Wednesday morning. The second was a storm cleaning death in the Foley area, Pierce said. The families have been notified.
Alabama Power announced Friday morning that power restoration in central and southeast Alabama was complete. Now “all efforts are focused on the mobile area”
“The fact that they are tangled in power lines and can only open the streets has been a real challenge,” he said.
On Thursday, officials asked residents to stay home until local authorities deemed it safe to leave and evacuation teams could reach them. According to Ivey, the state government is ready to help residents with the recovery effort.
Byrne said he had spoken to the White House and that President Donald Trump was “extremely concerned about the situation” and would like to go to Alabama. Byrne added that he wasn’t sure when that would happen.
Ivey says she knows that many people in the state are injured because of the storm, adding that she should know “we will hurt you”.
Floods in Florida could last a week
Meanwhile, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says the post-hurricane flooding in Florida could last a week.
“The hurricane has passed past Florida, but we will continue to see effects in various parts of northwest Florida due to the sheer amount of water that was drained throughout the southeast,” DeSantis said.
The Florida Division of Emergency Management has deployed pumps and generators to help with floods and restore power.
“So keep in mind that widespread river flooding will continue in different parts of Florida for the next several weeks,” added DeSantis.
He begged people to stay home and off the road so the power crews can continue the restoration work, and reminded them not to drive through stagnant water as power outages could result.