A woman has posted video of what appears to be a large alligator in flood waters just outside of her home after Hurricane Sally swept through the coasts of Alabama and Florida in the US.
Tina Bennett shared the video with US news outlet ABC, showing an alligator calmly moving through shallow flood waters, metres away from steps leading to a neighbour’s home on Plash Island.
“This is why we don’t want to go outside here on the island… and there is many more,” Ms Bennett can be heard saying as she records from the safety of inside her home.
“He’s a monster.
“Look at that alligator that is right outside the window, he’s going into the neighbour’s driveway.”
Ms Bennett wrote since the storm hit her area, her yard had been “surrounded by water, alligators and poisonous snakes”.
Meteorologist Thomas Geboy shared the video with a warning to residents not to enter flood waters, even after they start to recede.
“Another reason to shelter in place until flood waters recede. Not only are there downed power lines, but there’s also displaced wildlife,” he tweeted.
#HurricaneSally has caused flooding in several areas along the Gulf Coast region including one of our own, #USCG Station Venice.— U.S. Coast Guard (@USCG) September 17, 2020
Natural wildlife from the area decided to visit and check on the station for us. 🐊#Sally #USCGSally #Storm2020 pic.twitter.com/voKAbEEPtP
The category-two hurricane dumped more than 600mm on some Gulf Coast towns, CNN reported.
At least one person is dead and another reported missing, with more than 400,000 homes in Alabama, Florida and Georgia left without power.
Do you have a story tip? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.