Hurricane Sally made landfall at 4:45 a.m. on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 in Gulf Shores as a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 105 mph.
Alabama has faced many storms over the years, but Sally is the first hurricane to hit the Alabama coast directly since Hurricane Ivan.
And Sally hit Alabama on the exact same day as Ivan, 16 years apart.
Ivan was a Category 3 hurricane that made landfall just west of Gulf Shores at 1:50 a.m. on September 16, 2004.
Ivan had peak winds of 120 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Mobile, as well as a considerable storm surge.
Ivan caused extensive damage in Baldwin County as well as in Northwest Florida.
Many damage reports are pouring in from some of those same areas Wednesday morning from Sally.
Ivan was blamed for eight dead in Florida, and the damage at the time was estimated at $ 14 billion, according to the Weather Service.
Ivan may have had stronger winds, but Sally can come out on top if it rains.
Mobile’s National Weather Service received several reports of over 20 inches of rain from Sally, and the rain was still heavy Wednesday morning.
Ivan’s rainfall total was 15.79 inches in Pensacola, Florida. Mobile also got 9.9 inches, according to the weather service.
Learn more about Hurricane Ivan here.