Slow-moving hurricane Sally becomes a Category 2 hurricane as it aims at the Gulf Coast


Gulf Coast residents race to complete last-minute preparations Monday as Hurricane Sally Gained strength Fudge slowly through the warm Gulf waters. The storm became a Category 2 hurricane on Monday afternoon.

The National Hurricane Center said on Monday, “The bottom line suggests that Sally is expected to have a dangerous slow-moving storm near the coast of southeast Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama during the next 2-3 days.” ”

Forecasters said the biggest threat is flooding, with some areas receiving two feet of rain.

Sally is perhaps the least welcome guest among the company’s lot: for only the second time in recorded history, five tropical cyclones are being churned in the Atlantic basin, meteorologist Philip Klotzbach said: Paulette, René, Teddy and Now Vicky is also roaming in the sea. Water.

CBS News weather producer David Parkinson said Sally’s slow pace could mean it would dry out more rain than originally predicted.

“The real problem with this storm would be its forward speed of 3-4 mph … it would lumber over the shore, all 3-4 times per hour from its band” dumping rain, “Parkinson said.” Not too quickly. This means that there may be 24-hour heavy rains starting on Tuesday morning and lasting till Wednesday. ‘

In the Old Town neighborhood of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, Jeremy Burke, who owns the Bay Books Bookstore, was picking things up from the floor in case of flooding. Outside, he said the picturesque town, popular as a weekend getaway from New Orleans, about 60 miles west, was nearly empty.

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On 14 September 2020, a satellite image is shown churning Hurricane Sally in the Gulf of Mexico.

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“It’s turning into a ghost town,” he said. “Everyone’s biggest fear is the surge of the storm, and the worst case scenario is that it just stops outside. It will be a pleasant situation for everyone.”

The National Hurricane Center said it was too early to tell where Sally would come from, as it still did not know when it would turn north. At 4 pm local time, it was about 105 miles east of the mouth of the Mississippi River. Its maximum sustained winds were 100 mph and it was moving towards the coast at just 6 mph.

People in New Orleans were watching the track of the storm closely. A more rapidly occurring land would likely have heavy rain and damaging winds on the Mississippi coast or east of it. Already, outer bands from the storm were hitting Florida Pandell.

The more extensive tracks will do another test for a low-lying city, where heavy rains are to be pumped through a century-old drainage system. Sewerage and Water Board officials said Sunday that all pumps were operating ahead of the storm, but the aging system is also susceptible to breakdown.

Sally is expected to hit the coast by Tuesday or Wednesday, creating dangerous weather conditions, including the risk of flooding, which extends from western Florida Panahle to southeast Louisiana.

The Hurricane Center warned of “extremely dangerous and deadly storm storms” for areas outside the levee protection system that protects the New Orleans area, extending from Port Forchon, Louisiana, to the Oskelosa or Walton County line in Florida .

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said Sunday, “I know for many people this storm originates from anywhere.” “We need everyone to pay attention to this storm. Let’s take it seriously.”

It happened just two weeks ago, when the opposite end of the state was to Hurricane Laura, which blew ash in Cameron Parish on August 27 as a Category 4 hurricane, bordering Texas. The storm devastated the southwestern Louisiana coast and the city of Lake Charles, tearing down roof homes and leaving large parts of the city uninhabitable. So far, 32 people have died in Texas and Louisiana in Louisiana, the majority of whom have died.

Mississippi officials warned that the storm coincides with high tides, causing significant storm surges.

Pensacola on Panhandle, Florida received 10 to 15 inches of rain.

“This system is forecast to bring not only dangerous winds but dangerous storms,” ​​said Daniel Brown of the Hurricane Center. “Because it is slow, it can produce tremendous rainfall in the coming days.”

The entire island of Bermuda, where houses are built to withstand major storms, was in the eye of Hurricane Paulette on Monday morning. René was forecast to have a lower Monday, once a tropical storm. According to the forecast, Teddy became a tropical storm on Monday morning, and was expected to become a storm later. And the tropical storm Vicky formed east of the Cape Verde islands.

A mandatory evacuation has been issued before Sally in Grand Isle, Louisiana. On Saturday, New Orleans Mayor Laotoy Cantrell issued a mandatory evacuation order for Orleans Parish residents living outside the parish’s leave protection system.

All northern Gulf Coast states are urging residents to prepare.

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