Hurricane Sally appears to have caused more than fierce winds, flooding and a dangerous storm surge.
On Wednesday, Alabama resident Tina Bennett captured a video of a giant alligator swimming in the water on the outskirts of her Gulf Shores home.
“Oh my God, this is out of 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 take refuge at the site until the flood waters receded.
“Not only are power lines demolished, but there are also displaced wild animals,” he wrote.
In addition to the gator, an eel was also caught swimming along a road in Orange Beach, Alabama, later, according to Birmingham WVTM-TV journalist Brittany Decker.
“Just a typical 2020 Wednesday,” the station wrote.
Sally made landfall at 4:45 a.m. CDT near Gulf Shores as a Category 2 storm with sustained maximum winds of 105 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
Sally brought the measured rain to her feet, killing at least one person and forcing the rescue of hundreds. At least eight waterways south of Alabama and the Florida Panhandle were expected to reach significant levels of flooding on Thursday.
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The National Weather Service warned that some of the ridges 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 some people we haven’t been able to reach because the water is very high,” Kennon said. “But they are safe at home. As soon as the water recedes, we will rescue 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