Category 2 Storm: Hurricane Sally Moving Towards The US Gulf Coast

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Category 2 Storm: Hurricane Sally Moving Towards The Us Gulf Coast
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As of Monday, Hurricane Sally has grown into a Category 2 storm, and the prediction is it will make landfall on the state that is still recovering from the aftereffect of Hurricane Laura, southeastern Louisiana.

The National Hurricane Centre stated that Hurricane Sally’s centre will be near southeastern Louisiana by Monday night and is predicted to make landfall possibly as a Category 3 on the Gulf Coast by evening September 15.

Hurricane Sally warnings have been given to Louisiana, eastward into Florida, Morgan City, and at the Walton County line for storms which will be followed by flooding. There is a forecast of it getting stronger in the next 24 hours before the landfall said NHC.

Details of the storm 

The wind speeds have progressed by at least 40 mph in less than 12 hours.

As of Monday evening, the storm is about 135 miles southeast of Biloxi, Mississippi.

The forecaster said that the wind speed is going to be 100 mph, but the main concern is its torpid final approach.

According to the National Weather Service Hurricane will be moving slowly and there is a chance that it might weaken due to this. The circulation is predicted to be over the water and not on the land.

Mississippi and Alabama are getting ready

Donald Trump authorized emergency declarations for Mississippi and Louisiana. This indicates the president has commissioned the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security to support all disaster relief efforts in both the states.

In Saraland, Alabama officials are handing out sandbags while citizens on Dauphin Island and coast are preparing for floods. 

A state of emergency was issued by Gov. Kay Ivey to close all beaches as of Monday, 4 p.m. ET.

Ivey also suggested evacuation, particularly for nonresidents and those in flood-prone or low-lying areas.

The storm surge is going to be anyplace between 1 to 8 feet between western Florida and eastern Louisiana. However, the coast connecting the Ocean Springs and Mississippi River, east of Biloxi, could observe up to 11 feet, according to the NHC forecast.