Hurricane Sally slams into US Gulf Coast Sep 17, 2020 0 1100 12345 AFPMobile, USSluggish Hurricane Sally was dumping torrential amounts of rain on the US Gulf Coast on Wednesday and threatening “historic and catastrophic” flooding in parts of Alabama and Florida.The slow-moving storm made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane overnight and has since lingered over coastal Alabama and the Florida panhandle. Residents of some areas were grappling with power outages, downed trees and flooded streets and homes as Sally drenched swathes of the coast with copious amounts of rain.The Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said some isolated pockets could receive as much as 35 inchesof rain.“Historic and catastrophic flooding is unfolding along and just inland of the coast from west of Tallahassee, Florida, to Mobile Bay, Alabama,” it said.At 10:00 am (1400 GMT), Sally had maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour, the NHC said, and storm surge warnings were in effect for parts of the coast along with tornado warnings.Sally was moving towards the north-northeast at five miles per hour, the NHC said. It was expected to weaken as it moved further inland and become a tropical depression by Thursday morning. RELATED ARTICLES Yoshihide Suga named Japan’s new PM Sep 17, 2020 0 364 EU chief pledges to defend Cyprus rights in Turkey standoff Sep 17, 2020 0 695 Belarusian protest leader charged with endangering country’s national security Sep 17, 2020 0 714 Barbados to remove Queen Elizabeth II as head of state ST JOHN’S: Barbados has announced its intention to remove Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and become a republic by November next year, as the Caribbean island nation seeks to move fully beyond its colonial past. The .. Taiwanese FM calls for global defence against China ‘threat’ AFP Paris Taiwan’s foreign minister Joseph Wu urged the international community on Wednesday to help defend his country and region against “expansionist” Chinese moves, saying Taipei feared Beijing would resort to .. Venezuela president behind crimes against humanity: UN probe GENEVA: Venezuela’s president and top ministers are responsible for probable crimes against humanity including extrajudicial killings and the systematic use of torture, UN investigators said on Wednesday. In their .. US announces charges against Chinese, Malaysian hackers AFP Washington The US Justice Department on Wednesday announced charges against five Chinese nationals and two Malaysians who ran global hacking operations for at least six years to steal identities and video game .. Trump posts faked video of Biden playing anti-police song AFP Washington US President Donald Trump, who is trying to persuade voters that his challenger Joe Biden will encourage violent crime, retweeted a faked video on Wednesday purporting to show the Democrat playing a .. UK G7 presidency will try to unite post-Covid world: PM AFP London Britain will use its presidency of the G7 next year to heal divisions caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday. “One of the things the UK is going to do with the G7 ..