Many of us have witnessed at least some of the damage Hurricane Sally wrought from the ground.
Channel 3 News had a rare chance to see what the damage looked like from 500 feet as we traveled from Pensacola Beach to Gulf Shores.
With Captain Dean Dunford as a pilot, we begin our journey by plane along Pensacola Beach in search of Sally’s signs.
One of the most eye-opening attractions, the damage surrounding the Fort Pickens.
The road to the historic site was completely blocked by sand and inundated Fort Pickens itself.
Just a few miles away, the Pensacola Naval Air Station reported that the hurricane’s winds were continuing.
Many barns are now cut in pieces.
Next, we went to Perdido Key and Orange Beach, as there were several marinas in their hands.
The beautiful boats and yachts flipped to their sides, crashing together, and being pushed ashore from the storm.
Up the coast to the shores of the Gulf, where the National Weather Service says Sally has blown ashore. We saw a large portion of the pavement disappeared and the roads and homes surrounded by flood water.
On our way back to the airport, we flew over Pensacola Harbor. One of the warehouses had bits of shredded deck, not to mention the countless ships that had been damaged in the dock.
We finished our trip with another look at the Three Mile Bridge, where two colossal pieces remain missing.
Even at Pensacola Flight Center two planes were damaged by Sally.
Authorities say the planes escaped from the hangar and flew in the wind.