Hurricane Sally: Millions prepare for Category 2 storm path as three governors declare state of emergency

Last updated September 14, 2020 8:07 PM EDT
Dauphin Island, Alabama – As soon as the time for the preparation of Hurricane Sally is over, the danger of storm is coming in focus. Forecasts are expected to increase storms of up to 11 feet and 16 inches of rainfall for parts of the Gulf Coast. Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana have all declared a state of emergency.

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 a Major category 3 The 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.”

Preparation for Hurricane Sally
Louis a. Sanabria applied plywood to the windows of a business in the historic French Quarter on Monday, September 14, 2020, in New Orleans.

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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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