Hurricane Sally Now Lashing The Gulf Coast

Hurricane Sally was creeping closer to the Gulf Coast last night, with the slow-moving storm expected to bring heavy rains and “historic life-threatening flooding” from southeastern Louisiana to Florida’s Panhandle, forecasters say.  Tropical-storm-force winds were spreading onshore by yesterday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center said, adding that the center of the storm would “make landfall in the hurricane warning area early Wednesday.”  Sally, which ramped up to a Category 2 storm Monday but has since weakened to Category 1, was 65 miles south-southeast of Mobile, Alabama, and 60 miles southwest of Pensacola, Florida, at 10 p.m. CDT. The storm, traveling at just 2 mph, had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. More than 60,000 homes and businesses have lost electricity. Forecasters say the slow-crawling storm threatens to trigger dangerous, historic flooding in the region.

From the National Hurricane Centre:

HURRICANE SALLY FORECAST/ADVISORY NUMBER  21

NWS national hurricane center Miami, Fl       al192020

0900 utc wed sep 16 2020

Changes in watches and warnings with this advisory…

The hurricane warning has been replaced with a tropical storm warning from the Mississippi/Alabama border westward to the mouth of the pearl river.

The tropical storm warning west of the mouth of the pearl river has been discontinued.

The storm surge warning has been discontinued from the

Mississippi/Alabama border to Fort Morgan…including portions of mobile bay.

Summary of watches and warnings in effect…

A storm surge warning is in effect for…

* Fort Morgan Alabama to the Walton/bay county line Florida

A hurricane warning is in effect for…

* Mississippi/Alabama border to the okaloosa/walton county line Florida

A tropical storm warning is in effect for…

* east of the okaloosa/walton county line Florida to indian pass

Florida

* Mississippi/Alabama border to the mouth of the pearl river

A storm surge warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation…from rising water moving inland from the coastline… During the next 12 hours in the indicated locations. For a depiction of areas at risk…please see the national weather service storm surge watch/warning graphic…available at hurricanes.gov.  This is a life-threatening situation.  Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions. Promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials.

A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are occurring somewhere within the warning area.  Preparations to protect life and property should have been completed.

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are occurring within the warning area.

Photo Credit: National Hurricane Centre

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Scott Fox and Kat Callaghan