"ACBL is running that reach with side-scan sonar for us in accordance with our Gulf Coast Hurricane Protocol", Fuller said. Thousands of people were still without power from that storm, and some were still in shelters.
David Triana, 57, a resident of Navarre, a town near Pensacola, said he and his neighbors did not board up their homes because they did not expect the trajectory of the storm to shift so much to the east or for it to be so strong.
Pictures show residents wading through waist-deep water, cars stranded in flooded streets, and homes entirely swamped by Wednesday's deluge.
"Flooded roadways and intersections, along with hazardous debris in roadways have become too numerous to list", the Pensacola police tweeted. Slight strengthening was possible during the day but weakening should start over the weekend, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. In a Facebook briefing, Kennon said distribution points would be established Thursday for water, ice and tarps.
Utilities began restoring power to Alabama and Florida with crews brought from far-flung states.
"It was an unbelievably freaky right turn of a storm that none of us ever expected", he told the Washington Post. Many faced extended time without power.
Residents on the Gulf Coast of Florida have been hard hit by Hurricane Sally
High winds and torrential rain poured on Alabama's Gulf Coast and the Florida panhandle. Some of the crests could break records, submerge bridges and flood some homes, the National Weather Service warned. Swollen and rising rivers are now threatening bridges across Florida.
Ms Bennett wrote since the storm hit her area, her yard had been "surrounded by water, alligators and poisonous snakes".
They included pleasure boats and even a replica of Christopher Columbus's ship, the Nina, which docked in Pensacola to ride out the storm and came loose from its mooring. In addition, storm surge dealt a blow to low-lying communities near the coast and to vessels along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW).
There have been so many tropical storms in the Atlantic this year that the UN's World Meteorological Organization, which names the tempests, is about to run out of names for only the second time in history.
It later decreased to a Category 1 storm.
The storm was about 835km (520 miles) northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands, the agency said.
The hurricane center is also monitoring two other disturbances far out in the Atlantic that have slightly lower chances of developing into cyclones.
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Kevan Jones, Labour MP for North Durham, told Sky News, "It has added to the farcical way the government has handled this". One Newcastle councillor said: "We're set to get the toughest local lockdown so far up here".