Hurricane Sally came ashore Wednesday as a Category 2 hurricane, bringing winds of up to 105 miles per hour to Alabama's Gulf Coast.
One resident of Gulf Shores, Alabama, told local TV the storm terrified his family.
"My wife was just crying because she's never seen this before. My kids are scared. I told them it was going to be OK. We're going to try to survive this. We're going to try to go through this. We're just going to try to be safe."
Winds brought down massive trees in downtown Mobile, and torrential rains pummeled a swath of the south coast from Louisiana to Florida.
CBS News crews captured these images of Walton Beach on Florida's panhandle.
More than 430,000 homes and businesses were without power in Alabama and Florida early Wednesday, with more outages expected.
Sally is the 18th named storm in the Atlantic this year and the eighth of tropical storm or hurricane strength to hit the United States.
Two other named storms have also recently formed in the Atlantic.