Tropical storm Sally set to pummel Gulf Coast as a dangerous storm

Gulf Coast residents slowly connected the tropical storm Sally to the warm Gulf waters on Monday to complete last-minute preparations. Forecasts predicted a landslide as a hurricane, and said the biggest threat is flooding, as well as two feet of rain in some areas.

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.” “

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 accurate forecast “is particularly difficult because the intensity will be so close to the ground.”

“Small track changes will affect how long that water will accelerate,” Parkinson said. “On the coast, heavy rains, isolated floods and strong winds will begin to rise.”

Jeffrey Gagnard of Chalamet, Louisiana, spent Sunday in Mississippi helping his parents prepare their home for Sally – and making sure they evacuated safely ahead of the storm.

“I mean, after Katrina, anything on and off the water, you’re going to take a serious look,” he said, as he turned the back of his SUV into the parking lot of a grocery store in Wayland in cases of bottled water. Loaded with, Mississippi. “You can’t take anything for granted.”

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 10 am local time, it was about 140 miles east-southeast of the Mississippi River mouth. Its top sustained winds were 65 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 form a hurricane on Monday and hit the coast early Tuesday, creating a dangerous weather situation, including the risk of flooding that extends from western Florida shelters to southeast Louisiana .

The Hurricane Center warned of “extremely dangerous and fatal hurricane storms” for areas outside the levee protection system that protect the greater New Orleans area extending from Port Forchon, Louisiana to the Alabama / Florida border.

Louisiana government John Bell Edwards said Sunday, “I know that for many people this storm originated from nowhere.” “We need everyone to pay attention to this storm. Let’s take it seriously.”

In Mandeville, located about 35 miles north of New Orleans, resident Chris Yandle has purchased a week’s worth of groceries and moved all his patio furniture to his family’s home and drifted in preparation for the storm.

“I’m mostly trying to stay calm – especially to worry about a family of four and a dog,” Yandley said. “I have lived through the many storms rising in Louisiana, but I have never felt anxious about a storm in my life.”

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

“Said late on Sunday,” it should be understood by all our friends in the coastal area and in south Mississippi that if you live in the lowlands, the time to get out is tomorrow morning.

Panhandle Pensacola, Florida, was expected to receive 10 to 15 inches (25 to 38 cm) of rain.

According to the forecast, Sally can make up to 24 inches (61 cm) of rain by the middle of the week. Its maximum sustained winds were near 65 mph (100 kilometers per hour) on Monday morning.

“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.

“It is likely that this hurricane system is impacting the Gulf Coast of Alabama. While it is not currently predicted as a direct hit in our coastal areas, we are well aware that we should consider the threat in light Not to be taken, ”the government of Alabama said. . He urged residents to provide information about the route of the storm in the coming days and be prepared.