An Alabama man has become the first reported fatality of Hurricane Sally as the storm continues to linger across the Gulf Coast.
Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon confirmed the death Wednesday to AL.com, but provided no further details, including where and how he was found.
A woman is also missing, Kennon told the newspaper.
Sally, which has been downgraded to a tropical depression as of Thursday morning, dumped up to 20 inches of rain on the coastal city.
“(Boats) are in the roads, businesses, backyards. It’s comical in a way," he told AL.com.
Sally stalled out along the Florida-Alabama border late Wednesday, crawling through the Pensacola and Mobile metropolitan areas and leaving destruction in its wake.
Officials in Escambia County, which encompasses Pensacola, had to rescue 377 people trapped in flood areas, according to the Pensacola News Journal.
“What I saw was a lot of people in distress, I saw a lot of people crying. But I saw a lot of people giving of themselves — by that I mean they were helping someone else," Escambia County Chief Deputy Chip Simmons said at a press conference Wednesday. "We gave them the rides that we could, we helped them in any way that we could.”
Sally is expected to continue moving through the southeast into Friday and could bring up to six inches of rain in central Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.
Tornadoes are possible and the National Hurricane Center warned of life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
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