More than 17 million people are in the path of Category 2 hurricanes. Hundreds of miles of coastline are under storm watches and warnings. There is a possibility that Sally will turn into aThe storm makes landfall on Tuesday afternoon, with maximum sustained winds of at least 111 mph.
Mayor Andrew Gillich of Biloxi, Mississippi, is concerned about the storm surge. “We’re listening, of course, it’s changing stormy waves of about 7 to 11 feet, almost every hour,” he said. “That’s what kills people.”
Earlier forecasts showed the hurricane hitting New Orleans directly. Sally is tracking East, but officials are still not making any chances. CBS News was there as the flood gates closed, and the city crumbled due to a possible storm.
The system was implemented after Hurricane Katrina. The idea is that the metal doors will close and reduce the water going into the city.
Even before it intensified, Sally had already dumped close to a foot of rain, causing flooding in parts of Florida like Keys.
The National Hurricane Center is predicting that the storm will be quite deadly and officials are urging people to move out.
The NHC, in its latest advisory, said that Sally’s Outside Rain Band is moving into the panhandle of Florida. The storm center said Sally is about 100 miles east of the Mississippi River mouth and 135 miles southeast of Biloxi, moving west-northwest at a speed of 5 mph.
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