PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say Hurricane Sally has swamped homes and forced the rescue of close to 400 people in the Pensacola, Florida, area.

The storm blew ashore near the Florida-Alabama line before daybreak Wednesday with 105 mph (165 kph) winds and up to 2 feet of rain.

Now weakened into a tropical storm, it is pushing slowly inland for what could be a slow and disastrous drenching across the Deep South.

Authorities in Pensacola say 200 members of the National Guard will arrive on Thursday.

Posted by NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center on Wednesday, September 16, 2020