More than 500,000 homes and businesses were without power across the Deep South on Thursday as some residents picked through the sodden destruction wrought by Hurricane Sally while others fled new emergencies prompted by swollen rivers and streams.

The storm, though no longer hurricane status, was far from finished. A day after leaving a swath of coastal Alabama and Florida in ruin, Sally was pounding Georgia and the Carolinas with torrential rain. A foot or more was possible, with up to 8 inches forecast in parts of Virginia, before the storm’s remnants slide into the Atlantic.

Rising floodwaters could also push eight waterways in Florida and Alabama to record-high levels in coming days, authorities warned.

“We are not quite out of the woods yet,” Eric Gilmore, the emergency management chief for Escambia County, which includes Pensacola, said Thursday. “We still have flooding in two of our rivers . . . so the residents along those rivers, heed this warning.”

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