As the South is still recovering weeks after Hurricane Laura, Tropical Storm Sally will impact the Gulf today with heavy rainfall, storm surges, and potential flooding, making landfall on Tuesday as a Category 1 Hurricane.
Tropical Storm Sally will begin having an impact on the Gulf Coast today with life-threatening storm surges, heavy rainfall, and potential flooding.
The National Weather Service (NWS) as issued the following alerts for the Gulf on Monday:
Tropical Storm Warning: Coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle
Flood Watch: southeastern Louisiana; southern and central Mississippi; southern and central Alabama; southwestern Georgia; Florida Panhandle.
According to predictions by the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Tropical Storm Sally is expected to become a Category 1 Hurricane sometime on Monday before making landfall on the southeast coast of Louisiana at roughly 11 AM ET on Tuesday, CNN reported.
The governor of Louisiana, John Bell Edwards, declared a state of emergency and officials in New Orleans ordered residents of the city to evacuate.
The current storm forecast track has Sally making landfall just east of New Orleans at roughly 11 AM ET on Tuesday, CNN reported. The storm will then move in a circular direction to the east, where it will be centered on the Mississippi/Alabama border around midnight on Tuesday.
From there, the eye of the storm will be south of Montgomery, Alabama by 11 PM on Wednesday, and southwest of Atlanta, by 11 PM on Thursday. Along the way, the outer bands of the storm will extend into Mississippi, Tennessee, and the Carolinas.
If you live in the South, Southeast, or any area that can be affected by hurricanes, you should start getting prepared now by having an emergency plan and preparing the supplies you need.
Here are the top 3 things you need to be prepared with.
Finally, don’t wait until the last minute to prepare a kit. Make it a weekly routine check and update your supply kit, rotating fresh food and water.
The best source of information with everything you need to know about getting prepared for a hurricane can be found at the National Hurricane Center preparedness page.