Hurricane Sally could bring “historic” flooding to Gulf Coast


A plodding but powerful storm was rising toward the Gulf Coast in the early hours of Tuesday, with forecasts raising the potential “historic” flooding to 2-and-a-half feet warning of “deadly storms” and “extreme life-threatening flash flooding”. Rain at some places – with a chance of tornado. The slowing of the storm had dramatically increased the risk of heavy rain and storm surges by up to nine feet.

More than 17 million people followed Sally. Hundreds of miles of coastline are under storm watches and warnings. Warnings extend east of Pearl River estuary to Navarre, Florida.

Sally reached storm strength on Monday and quickly intensified into a Category 2 hurricane with a 100 mph wind, but then weakened somewhat.

At 5 am, EDT, the storm encountered winds moving at 85 mph, a Category 1. But the National Hurricane Center said “some re-strengthening is quick to occur later today, and Sally expects a dangerous storm to come along the north-central Gulf Coast offshore.”

CBS News weather producer David Parkinson said the storm would “make landslides in the late morning / afternoon as a category on Wednesday”

Sally was moving west-northwest approximately 60 miles east-southeast of the Mississippi River mouth and 115 miles south-southeast of Biloxi, Mississippi, barely 2 mph.

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Hurricane Sally on the Gulf Coast at 5 am on September 15, 2020.

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“On the forecast track, Sally’s center will go near the coast of southeastern Louisiana today, and will make landfall in the hurricane warning area tonight or Wednesday morning,” the storm center said.

Florida Government. Ron Desantes declared a state of emergency in the westernmost county of Pannadhale, which was being affected by rain in Sally’s outer bands by early Tuesday.

President Trump on Monday issued emergency declarations for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, and urged residents on Twitter to listen to state and local leaders.

Of Alabama Village. Ivey announced the presidency after the National Weather Service in Mobile, Alabama, rising to 9 feet above ground in parts of the Mobile metro area, warning of the growing possibility of “dangerous and potentially historic flooding”. .

Flood control officials in Louisiana remained on guard, closing gates along a network of waterways that could be pushed onto their banks by a potential surge from the bay.

Sam Dorsey helps Dan Fredrick load a sandbag into the back of his truck as the tropical storm reaches Sally Bay St. Louis
Sam Dorsey helped Diane Fredrick load a sandbag into the back of his truck on September 14, 2020 as the then Tropical Storm Sally in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

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The southwestern part of the state was pummeled by Hurricane Laura on August 27 and an estimated 2,000 evacuees from that storm took refuge in New Orleans, mostly in hotels.

It all seemed a distant threat on Monday afternoon in far-off Wayland, Mississippi, as the shirtless, barefoot Trevor Clunch of nearby Bay St. Louis Mississippi got in some last-minute beach time. But there were signs of trouble. Kleich reported that the bay water had already infiltrated the sandy shore and infiltrated the bike path and the parking lot.

Others were taking the storm seriously despite the sunshine. Coastal casinos closed under orders from the Mississippi Gaming Commission. All casinos are either near or near water. Meanwhile, motorists filled a convenience store parking lot in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, as they stepped over gas tanks and stocked up on ice, beer and snacks.

Monday marked only the second time in the record, forecasters said five tropical cyclones roamed simultaneously in the Atlantic Basin. The last thing that happened was in 1971. None of the others were expected to threaten America this week, if all were subdued, and dropped into a low pressure trough on Monday evening.

Exceptionally busy hurricane seasons – such as the dreaded wild season on the West Coast – have focused on the role of climate change.

Scientists say that global warming is making the storm the strongest, with speeds up to 110 mph or more, even stronger. In addition, warmer air holds more moisture, causing storms to rain, and global warming causes sea storms to do more damage.

In addition, scientists have slowed tropical storms and hurricanes as they have recorded a drop of about 17% in the United States since 1900, and this gives them the opportunity to unload more rain at one place, as That the 2017 Hurricane Harvey did in Houston.

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