- Storm Sally is about to become a hurricane.
- It will hit the coasts of Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane early Tuesday morning.
- New Orleans, Louisiana, Orders Evacuations; the governor declares a state of emergency before Hurricane Sally.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency and, in a briefing on Sunday afternoon, said he is seeking a disaster declaration from the federal government before Hurricane Sally makes landfall.
“We have every reason to believe that this storm poses a very significant threat to the people of southeastern Louisiana,” Edwards said.
With much of Southwest Louisiana still dealing with the devastation of Hurricane Laura, they have ordered new evacuations as Tropical Storm Sally targets the central Gulf coast.
Tropical Storm Sally slowed down on Sunday as it moved north toward the US coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
The possibility of heavy rain and dangerous storm surges is increasing before an anticipated Category 2 hurricane impact off the Louisiana coast.
“I know that for many people this storm seems to have come out of nowhere,” said Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. “We need everyone to pay attention to this storm. You have to take it seriously ”.
Sally is expected to become a hurricane on Monday and make landfall in the early hours of Tuesday with drastic weather conditions, including risk of flooding, in a region ranging from Morgan City, Louisiana, to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, the National Center said. Hurricane Center (NHC).
Edwards urged citizens to prepare immediately for the arrival of the storm.
He also said that there are still many people in the southwest of the state who were evacuated by the arrival of Hurricane Laura to the New Orleans area, precisely the area in which Sally could impact.
In New Orleans, the mayor issued a mandatory evacuation order for residents living outside of the borough’s levee protection system: Venetian Isle, Irish Bayou, and Lake Catherine. The order goes into effect at 6 p.m. Sunday, nola.com reported. Those areas could experience storm surges of 7 to 9 feet, the National Weather Service said.
“Based on all the information available, we have every reason to believe that this storm represents a significant threat,” said the governor, adding that the coronavirus pandemic adds to the complexity of the preparations.
The city’s Water and Sewer Board said all 99 City Drain Pumps are available for service. The other two were under repair and were expected to be operational before any potential impact from the storm.
There are still about 5,400 elements of the state’s National Guard that were mobilized by Laura’s arrival and that will provide assistance in the face of Sally’s impact.
In Mandeville, a city about 35 miles (56 kilometers) north of New Orleans, resident Chris Yandle bought a week’s supplies and packed all of his patio furniture into the house and shed in preparation for the storm. .
“I’m mostly trying to stay calm, especially with a family of four and a dog to worry about,” Yandle said. “Growing up in Louisiana, I have experienced many hurricanes, but never before has one caused me so much anxiety.”
Mississippi officials have warned that the storm is anticipated to coincide with high tide, which could generate a large storm surge.
Governor Tate Reeves said Sunday that residents of southern Mississippi low-lying areas should be prepared to evacuate their homes and seek shelter elsewhere when now-Tropical Storm Sally makes landfall early Tuesday morning as a hurricane.
“All of our friends in the coastal region and in southern Mississippi need to understand that if they live in low-lying areas, the time to get out of there is early tomorrow,” Governor Tate Reeves said Sunday night. “Don’t try to do it at 3 or 4 in the morning on Tuesday,” he said, “then it will be too late.”
The system was moving in a west-northwest direction at 13 km / h (8 mph). Its vortex was located about 225 kilometers (140 miles) south of Panama City, Florida, and 300 kilometers (185 miles) east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River. Strong winds and wet conditions were recorded off the Florida coastline in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.
Sally could discharge up to 24 inches (61 centimeters) of water by midweek, experts say. Its maximum sustained winds reached 95 kilometers (60 miles) per hour Sunday night.
This is not the only storm in the Atlantic. Paulette became a hurricane Saturday night and is expected to cause storm surges, coastal flooding and gales in Bermuda in the coming days, according to an NHC advisory. It was located about 80 miles (125 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda by Sunday night, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (137 km / h).
Meanwhile, René, which became a tropical storm, was expected to become a remnant on Monday.
Tropical Depression 20 is forecast to strengthen this week and become a tropical storm on Tuesday, forecasters added.
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