Tropical Storm Sally is strengthening warnings of hurricanes and storm surges for parts of the northern Gulf Coast.
Storm Warning for Sally Grand Isle, La. From Ocean Springs, Miss., And was released Sunday morning in metropolitan New Orleans. A storm surge warning and a tropical storm warning were also in effect for parts of the Gulf Coast.
A life threat is possible on the Gulf Coast with hurricanes starting Monday, and a storm surge watch is in effect for areas outside the southeast Louisiana hurricane and storm damage risk reduction systems, from the Mississippi River mouth to Alabama / Florida border, National Weather Service said Statement Released on Saturday.
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Louisiana Gov. on Saturday. John Bell Edwards also declared a state of emergency in advance of Tropical Storm Sally.
He tweeted on Sunday, “Make sure you do what is necessary to prepare for the tropical storm.”
Officials in the New Orleans area issued a mandatory evacuation order for areas outside the levy protection.
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The storm was about 115 miles west of Port Charlotte, Fla. And 345 miles east-southeast of the Mississippi River mouth, according to an advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center at 5:00 pm Sunday. “Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds with high speeds have increased to 50 mph (85 km / h),” it said. “Tropical-storm winds extend 90 miles (150 km) out from the center.”
The National Hurricane Center explained, “Sally is moving west-west near 13 mph (20 km / h), and west-northwest or northwest speeds are expected from Monday.”
The storm surge from Sally was forecast to reach dangerous levels in part due to the tide. 11 feet of water was predicted from the mouth of the Mississippi River to Lake Springs, including Lake Borough.
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Other weather systems are also being closely monitored. Hurricane Paulette is moving closer to Bermuda, the National Hurricane Center said early Sunday, while Tropical Depression René, which was once a tropical storm, will be reduced to remnants on Monday.
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The Tropical Depression Twenty is expected to gradually strengthen over the next several days.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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