Monroe, Los Angeles – The Gulf Coast looks down the barrel of another violent storm as it newly formed Hurricane Sally It is heading north, threatening to bring torrential rains, gusty winds and a dangerous storm from Louisiana to Florida.
The hurricane comes in less than three weeks Hurricane Laura He carved a wide path of devastation that left more than a third of Louisiana a stricken area.
Louisiana Gov. John Bill Edwards said: “I know for a lot of people this storm has come out of nowhere.” “We need everyone to pay attention to this storm. Let’s take this seriously.”
The National Hurricane Center said Sally was likely to bring “life-threatening storms, hurricane-strong winds and floods” along the Gulf Coast as soon as Monday.
The storm is expected to make landfall in southeastern Louisiana early Tuesday as a Category 2 hurricane, but the hurricane center said it was still too early to say where the Sally Center will move ashore.
The Hurricane Center said hurricane warnings are in effect from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Alabama and Florida borders, including New Orleans.
As it swings over the Gulf coast, Hurricane Sally can bring anywhere between 8 and 16 inches of rain, with some areas up to 24 inches. Meteorologists at the Hurricane Center said: “Flash floods that threaten life are possible. In addition, this rainfall is likely to cause minor floods to isolated large-scale rivers on the region.”
Sally is the seventh hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.
Edwards warned people to prepare for the storm immediately. However, Louisiana is already housing about 13,000 people evacuated from Hurricane Laura, most of them at hotels in New Orleans, which are in Sally’s likely path.
“New Orleans is better prepared for a hurricane than it has been before, but if you get 18 inches of water in 10 hours, I think Aspen, Colorado, will probably be submerged. So I’m worried, but I’m not paralyzed by that,” he said .
Mayor Latoya Cantrell issued a mandatory evacuation order for residents of Orleans Parish who lived outside the parish’s levee protection system, and residents of Grand Isle, Louisiana, were also required to evacuate.
“Residents should take this storm very seriously,” said Colin Arnold, director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in New Orleans.
Tens of thousands of people were displaced from their homes after Laura. More than 82,000 people are still without power in Lake Charles and southwest Louisiana. More than 210,000 families do not have clean drinking water.
Benjamin Shute, a meteorologist in charge of the New Orleans National Weather Service, said Louisians in the southeastern part of the state should not compare Sally to previous storms Barry, Crystal and Marco, which ended up being a storm.
“I don’t think we’ll be lucky this time,” Schott said.
After Sally makes landfall, she is expected to move slowly over Mississippi, Alabama and Panhandle in Florida from Tuesday through Wednesday. At 1 p.m. CST on Monday, the hurricane had winds of 90 miles per hour and was located 125 miles east-southeast of the Mississippi River Estuary. It was moving from west to northwest at 7 mph.
In Mississippi, officials have warned residents that the storm will coincide with high tide and could trigger a major storm
Governor Tate Reeves said late Sunday: “It should be understood by all our friends in the Coastal District and southern Mississippi that if you live in low-lying areas, the time to go out is early tomorrow morning.”
Mandatory evacuation orders were in effect in Hancock County Monday morning for lowland residents, on or near water sources and in mobile homes.
The Hurricane Center said the region extending from the mouth of the Mississippi River to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, could experience up to 11 feet of storm surges.
Winona “Bebe” McElroy and her husband, Victor They were staying at their home in Cocodre, Louisiana, Outside the dam system on Sunday. Winona McIlroy said she doesn’t expect the weather to get worse until Monday afternoon.
The two brought their boats to a farm to protect them from the storm.
“We take every storm in the Gulf very seriously,” she said. “This is why we spend Sunday afternoon transporting our boats to a safe port within the Dam Protection Zone.”
McIlroy said they would monitor the water and leave if their truck appeared to be caught in the water.
“We know at what point the truck cannot get out,” she said.
South Florida already bore the brunt of Sally’s power over the weekend, as the South Florida Keys sank. Between nine and 12 inches of rain fell from Saturday morning to Sunday morning, prompting a flooding warning.
Key West reported just over 9 inches tall at midnight, its fifth highest daily total. This included a total of approximately 1 hour 4 inches on Saturday night. The Office of the National Weather Service in Miami reported about 3 inches of rain in the Florida Gardens in Palm Beach County on Saturday.
In the Panhandle“Rain will be the main threat, along with beaches, which will see a lot of big waves breaking through the surface and a huge risk of rip currents,” said Jack Cullen, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Mobile, Alabama.
The Pensacola region can expect to receive between 10 to 15 inches of rain and bursts of tropical storm force winds.
Meanwhile, there are four other storms circling in the Atlantic Ocean, which are experiencing The hurricane season is particularly active. Hurricane Bullitt is moving away from Bermuda as it winds its way east over the ocean. The east coast can see some swells from the storm.
Rene, which is a tropical depression, is heading southwest but expected to be low on Monday. Tropical Storm Teddy increases in strength as it moves northwest, and by midweek it could be a major hurricane as it stays off the ground in northeast Puerto Rico and southeast Bermuda. Tropical Storm Viki formed on Monday in the eastern part of the Atlantic Ocean. Storm Vicky, the 20th storm set for this season, is expected to be short-lived and pose no threat to the Earth.
Contribution: John Bacon, USA Today; Dan Cobb, Huma Courier; Annie Blanks, Pensacola News Journal; Lacey Beveridge, Mississippi Clarion Ledger; And The Associated Press