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- The National Hurricane Center (NHC) warns that Tropical Storm Sally will bring flash floods and heavy rains to the Gulf Coast.
- This follows the devastations left behind when hurricane Laura hit in late August.
Amid an overactive hurricane season, the southeastern states along the Gulf Coast are on guard as Tropical Storm Sally is expected to bring dangerous storm surges, heavy rainfall and gusty winds. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is anticipating Sally to make landfall as a hurricane early Tuesday morning but bring severe storm-like conditions by late Monday.
Sally is expected to become a hurricane today and reach the shore by early Tuesday. https://t.co/R75NNHpA5A— Region 8 News (@Region8News) September 14, 2020
NHC forecasts an “extremely dangerous and life-threatening storm surge” to extend through areas outside of Port Fourchon, La., to the Alabama-Florida border.
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Hurricane conditions are expected to occur later on Monday for Morgan City, La., and stretch to the southernmost part of the Mississippi-Alabama border, passing through New Orleans.
Flash flood and major river flooding is expected along southeastern Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama through the middle of the week and may spread further across the Southeastern U.S.
The NHC encourages residents in potentially affected areas to finish preparations to mitigate any damage from Sally.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) warned residents to prepare for hazardous conditions. He declared a state of emergency on Saturday, remaining in effect until Oct. 11.
“I know for a lot of people this storm seemed to come out of nowhere,” Edwards said, according to The Associated Press. “We need everybody to pay attention to this storm. Let’s take this one seriously.”
Sally also stands to bring flash floods to central and northern Florida, as well as minor river flooding across the state’s western-central region on Monday.
Louisiana is still reeling from Hurricane Laura, which resulted in multiple Gulf Coast communities evacuating as the hurricane made landfall as a Category 4.
Across Louisiana and Texas, Hurricane Laura claimed the lives of at least 27 people.
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) joined the chorus of government officials urging preemptive evacuations over the weekend.
“It needs to be understood by all of our friends in the coastal region and in south Mississippi that if you live in low-lying areas, the time to get out is early tomorrow morning,” Reeves reportedly said on Sunday.
In May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted an above-normal 2020 hurricane season in the Atlantic, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.
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