(NBC News) -- Hurricane Sally roared ashore early Wednesday near Gulf Shores, Alabama, delivering 100 mile-per-hour winds and intense, punishing rain.
The storm is now slowly creeping inland, continuing its path of destruction.
Somes areas could see more than 35 inches of rain.
The National Hurricane Center is warning of catastrophic and life threatening flooding from the rain and storm surge.
"We are asking you to shelter in place. We are asking you to seek higher ground," Baldwin County, Alabama Emergency Management Director Zach Hood urged residents.
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Disaster workers are providing food, shelter, supplies and comfort right now, to people in at least 10 states affected by Hurricane Sally, according to the Nebraska-Iowa Region of the American Red Cross.
The much-needed help is happening as tens of thousands of people have been affected by devastating wildfires and hurricanes. Those with the organization say, with the current disasters and complexities of COVID-19, more help is needed.
The Red Cross is asking people, who are able to make a significant impact, to become a volunteer. In addition to volunteering, the Red Cross encourages eligible people to give blood or platelets, to help ensure a sufficient blood supply.
The local Red Cross chapter says Siouxlanders who can travel to the affected disaster areas are urged to go to their website