The Gulf Coast is getting ready for yet another storm, just less than three weeks after the destruction of Hurricane Laura.
Sally is currently located 160 miles southeast of Biloxi, Mississippi. The maximum sustained winds are at 90 miles per hour, making it a powerful Category 1 Hurricane.
As Sally heads towards the northern Gulf Coast, it will pose a threat of an extremely dangerous storm surge, flooding rainfall, and damaging winds early this week.
Because of Sally’s slow movement, there is a risk of prolonged impact on the Gulf Coast. According to weather.com, it will produce a deadly combination of human-height storm surge and two feet of rainfall in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
People are watching the storm’s track intently, and popular neighborhoods are turning into ghost towns from fear of the storm surge. "I know for a lot of people this storm seemed to come out of nowhere," said Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards last Sunday. "We need everybody to pay attention to this storm. Let's take this one seriously."
Sally is expected to strengthen even more as it moves toward the northern Gulf Coast tonight, and turns northward near southeast Louisiana and Mississippi on Tuesday. It is predicted to be at Category 2 intensity by Wednesday.
There are currently five tropical storms in the Atlantic basin: Sally, Paulette, Rene, Teddy, and now Vicky are all spinning over ocean waters — a record-breaker that has only occurred for the second time in history.
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