- Hurricane Sally strengthens into a Category 2 storm on Monday.
- There’s a chance it will make landfall in southeastern Louisiana, a state still recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Laura.
- According to the National Hurricane Center, the center of Sally is expected to move near the southeastern Louisiana coast Monday night.
- It is to make a landfall on the Gulf Coast late on Tuesday, possibly as a Category 3 hurricane.
- The storm appeared to shift east early Monday, placing Mississippi’s and Alabama’s entire coasts under a hurricane warning.
Hurricane Sally strengthens to Category 2 as it moves toward the US Gulf Coast, write Eliott C. McLaughlin, Amir Vera and Hollie Silverman for CNN.
Forecasters warn of storm surge and flash flooding
- Officials were handing out sandbags in Saraland, Alabama, north of Mobile.
- While residents on Dauphin Island, a barrier isle on the Alabama coast, were also preparing for flooding.
Landfall on Wednesday
“The storm surge projections continue to be worrisome with anywhere from five to eight feet (1.5 to 2.4 meters) of coastal surge,” Reeves said.
“We are continuing to be very concerned about the amount of rainfall,” he said, adding that some areas could be drenched in as much as 20 inches (50 cm) of rain.
Sally is one of five active tropical cyclones in the Atlantic Ocean.
The others are Hurricane Paulette, tropical storms Teddy and Vicky and tropical depression Rene.
According to meteorologists, the only other time there were five active tropical cyclones in the Atlantic at the same time was in September 1971.
Hurricane Paulette, a Category 2 storm, pounded the island of Bermuda on Monday with strong winds and heavy rains, according to the NHC.
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