1 PM CDT Wednesday Update: Sally is now a tropical storm. Rain along the northern Gulf Coast is starting to let up a bit, hours after Sally’s landfall.

Starting at 1 p.m., our Tracking The Tropics team is live with what to expect as Sally moves northeast.

5 AM CDT Wednesday Update: Hurricane Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama at 4:45am cdt as a Category 2 hurricane with max sustained wind at 105mph.

Sally continues to bring life threatening storm surge, flooding and hurricane force winds over the Alabama Gulf Coast and western Florida Panhandle from Dauphin Island to Pensacola early Wednesday morning.

The slow motion of the hurricane will lead to excessive rainfall 15 to 20 inches with locally up to 30 inches of rain. Rainfall amounts of 7 to 10 inches were already reported as of 10pm Tuesday evening.

Sally will be slow to move after making landfall Wednesday. A cold front approaching from the Northwest will turn Sally to the northeast and east, keeping heavy rains away from Arkansas.

For a more detailed look at central Arkansas’s local forecast, click HERE.