FLORIDA: Warnings of “life-threatening historic floods” by Sally

Sally approaches the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico at a snail’s pace They forecast “potentially deadly historical floo...

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  • Sally approaches the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico at a snail’s pace
  • They forecast “potentially deadly historical floods”
  • The warning spans from Louisiana to the Panhandle

With “life-threatening historic floods,” the hurricane Sally is approaching the coast of the Gulf of Mexico at a snail’s pace on Tuesday and is expected to make landfall tonight or Wednesday, bringing heavy rain from southeastern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, according to meteorologists.

Hurricane Sally is moving at a snail’s pace and with winds slightly lower than this morning towards the north coast of the Gulf of Mexico, where it will make landfall tonight or on Wednesday and may produce “historic” floods, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) of the United States.

At 5:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. GMT), Sally, a Category 1, the lowest on the Saffir-Simpson scale, was 60 miles (95 km) east of the mouth of the Mississippi and about 105 miles ( 175 km) from Mobile, Alabama and was moving at 2 miles per hour (4 km / h) in a northwesterly direction.

Maximum sustained winds were reduced to 80 miles per hour (130 km / h) and no major changes in strength are expected before landfall in the area for which a hurricane pass warning is in effect, which runs from East Bay St. Louis (Mississippi) to Navarre (Florida).

A slow movement north-northwest to north is expected this afternoon, followed by a slow movement north to north-northeast tonight through Wednesday night.

“It’s going to be a great generator of rain,” he told USA Today Phil Klotzbach, a research scientist and meteorologist at Colorado State University. “It’s not going to be pretty.”

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On the forecast track, the Sally center will pass near the southeastern coast of Louisiana today and make landfall in the hurricane watch area tonight or Wednesday.

On the coast of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida since Monday preparations have begun to protect themselves from the hurricane.

“There will be historic flooding alongside the historic rains,” Stacy Stewart, a senior specialist at the Hurricane Center, told USA Today on Tuesday.

“If people live near rivers, streams, and creeks, they must evacuate and go elsewhere.”

Hurricane-force winds extend up to 45 miles (75 km) from downtown Sally and tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 125 miles (205 km).

The NHC also issued a storm surge advisory from the mouth of the Mississippi River to northwest Florida, which means that there is a warning of floods dangerous to human life due to the entry of the sea inland for the next 36 hours in the area. mentioned.

Sally Gulf of Mexico

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According to the NHC, the water can reach a maximum of 7 feet (2.1 meters) in some points of the coast.

Sally is going to dump rain, which can cause water accumulations of up to 30 inches (76 centimeters) between southeast Mississippi and northwest Florida, with the possibility of overflowing rivers in the area.

When Sally moves inland on Wednesday and crosses the southeastern United States, it will bring rains to parts of southeastern Mississippi, southern and central Alabama, northern Georgia and the western Carolinas.

There could also be isolated tornadoes through Wednesday in parts of the Florida Panhandle (northwest) and southern Alabama, as well as storm surges in the Gulf of Mexico for several days.

The rest of the systems present in the Atlantic basin, including Hurricane Paulette, which impacted Bermuda, do not currently represent any danger to land.

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The NHC predicts that Tropical Storm Teddy could become a powerful hurricane over the open sea starting this Wednesday, far from the Caribbean islands.

Storm Vicky is also over the central Atlantic far from land.

The current hurricane season in the Atlantic basin is proving to be more active than normal and may supersede that of 2005, which with 27 named tropical storms and one unnamed subtropical storm holds the historical record for as long as there are records.

Hurricane Sally is one of five active storms in the Atlantic Ocean, according to The Associated Press.

Residents of states along the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast, worn down by other storms, rushed to buy bottled water and other supplies ahead of the cyclone, which hit Category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson scale on Monday afternoon. It is expected to get even stronger.

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It could be the second hurricane to hit Louisiana in less than three weeks. And for the second time in history, there are five tropical cyclones simultaneously in the Atlantic basin, meteorologists said.

In addition to Sally, there is Hurricane Paulette, which passed over Bermuda on Monday, and tropical storms René, Teddy and Vicky, all of them offshore.

Sally was located 230 kilometers (145 miles) southeast of Biloxi, Mississippi, on Monday afternoon, and is moving at 9 km / h (6 mph).

Sally’s slow drift could give her more time to dump rain over the Mississippi River delta and generate storm surge.

The National Hurricane Center forecasts storm surges of up to 3.4 meters (11 feet), including 1.2 to 1.8 meters (4 to 6 feet) at Lake Pontchartrain and 1.8 meters (6 feet) in downtown Mobile, Alabama, a city of about 189 thousand people.

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