Hurricane Sally Takes Out Section of Three Mile Bridge in Florida

Johnny Lopez
September 16, 2020 - 3:57 pm

After making landfall as a category 2 storm, Hurricane Sally has been pummeling parts of Alabama and Florida.

Sally arrived early Wednesday morning with winds of more than 105 mph and managed to take out a section of the Three Mile Bridge in Pensacola, according to the Pensacola News Journal.

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan confirmed reports that a portion of the bridge (also known as the Pensacola Bay Bridge) was missing after photos surfaced on social media.

While it’s unclear how much damage was done, other photos made it seem as though a crane on a barge fell on the bridge and caused the section to collapse.

“They're working it right now, the emergency ops folks, are working to get a tug out there right now to get it to stop,” Morgan told the outlet.

The bridge connects Pensacola to Gulf Breeze on U.S. 98.

The City of Gulf Breeze tweeted an image and alerted the public of the bridge’s closure.

Sally has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, but continues to cause massive flooding, power outages, downed trees and spurred an onslaught of water rescues.

"We anticipate the evacuations could literally be in the thousands,” Morgan told CNN.

With winds currently around 70 mph, Sally is a slow moving storm and has caused some areas to already get more than 24 inches of rain. Forecasters estimate rainfall totals of 10 to 35 inches are possible from Mobile Bay, Alabama to Tallahassee, Florida.

"Nothing is going to go away anytime soon," National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham told CNN. "The winds, the torrential rainfall, the slow movement and the storm surge -- this is a dangerous situation all around."

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