Hurricane Sally appears to have brought more than just violent winds, floods and a dangerous storm surge.
Alabama-based Tina Bennett filmed a video Wednesday of a giant alligator swimming in the water in front of her Gulf Coast homes.
“Oh my god, this is outside our window!” Bennett exclaimed in a video posted on Twitter by WKRG TV meteorologist Thomas Geboy. “It’s a 10 or 12 foot alligator!”
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Geboy noted that the massive reptile was another reason to seek shelter until the floods recede.
“Not only are there rundown power lines, but wildlife also displaced,”
Later that day, Brittany Decker, a WVTM TV reporter in Birmingham, said an eel was captured alongside the alligator swimming along a freeway in Orange Beach, Alabama.
“Just a typical Wednesday in 2020,” wrote the station.
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Sally landed near Gulf Shores at 4:45 a.m. as a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour.
Sally brought rain measured in feet, killed at least one person, and forced hundreds to be rescued. It was expected that at least eight waterways in southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle will hit major flood levels by Thursday.
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The National Weather Service warned that some of the coats of arms could break records, sink bridges and flood homes.
At least 50 people have been rescued from flooded homes and placed in shelters in Orange Beach, Mayor Tony Kennon said.
“We have a couple of people we just couldn’t get to because the water is so high,” said Kennon. “But they are safe in their homes. As soon as the water recedes we will save them. “
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Alabama is home to 93 species of native reptiles, including 12 lizards, 49 snakes, 31 turtles, and the American alligator, according to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
The Associated Press contributed to this report