Hurricane Sally appears to have brought more than just strong winds, floods and a dangerous storm surge.
Alabama resident Tina Bennett took video of a giant alligator swimming in the water just outside her Gulf Shores home on Wednesday.
“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 lie in place until the floodwaters subside.
“Not only are there broken power lines, but there are also displaced wildlife,”
Across the street, an eel was also caught swimming on the side of a freeway in Orange Beach, Ala., Later in the day, according to Birmingham WVTM TV reporter Brittany Decker.
“Just a typical Wednesday in 2020,” the station wrote.
Sally landed at 4:45 CDT near Gulf Shores as a Category 2 storm with a maximum sustained wind of 105 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
Sally brought rain measured in feet, killing at least one person and forcing rescue of hundreds. At least eight waterways in southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle were expected to hit major flood levels by Thursday.
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The National Weather Service warned that some of the chambers could break records, submerge bridges and flood homes.
In Orange Beach, at least 50 people were rescued from flooded homes and taken to shelters, Mayor Tony Kennon said.
“We have a couple of people that we just have not been able to because the water is so high,” Kennon said. “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 native reptile species, 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