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  • “Historic flooding is possible with extreme life-threatening flash flooding likely through Wednesday along and just inland of the central Gulf Coast from the western Florida Panhandle to far southeastern Mississippi,” the National Hurricane Center said Tuesday.
  • Many areas in the hurricane’s path are forecast to get 10 to 20 inches of rain, with some areas possibly seeing up to 30 inches.
  • The storm is forecast to make landfall near the Alabama-Mississippi state line by tonight or Wednesday morning.

Hurricane Sally is slamming parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast and forecasters are warning 'life-threatening' flooding is in store for the region.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says hurricane conditions are expected today along the Mississippi and Alabama coastlines and the western Florida Panhandle as tropical storm conditions are already being felt in some areas. The heaviest downpours and highest risk of flooding are expected tonight and Wednesday as the storm is moving over the Gulf of Mexico toward coastal Mississippi at just 2 mph.  


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“Historic flooding is possible with extreme life-threatening flash flooding likely through Wednesday along and just inland of the central Gulf Coast from the western Florida Panhandle to far southeastern Mississippi,” the NHC said Tuesday. 

Many areas in the hurricane’s path are forecast to get 10 to 20 inches of rain, with some areas possibly seeing up to 30 inches. 

Sally has maximum sustained winds of 85 mph and is about 100 miles south-southeast of Biloxi, Miss. Mandatory evacuations have been announced along the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Hurricane warnings stretched from Grand Isle, La., to Navarre, Fla. 

The storm is forecast to make landfall near the Alabama-Mississippi state line by tonight or Wednesday morning. 

President Trump issued emergency declarations for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, while Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has declared an emergency in the affected western counties of the state’s panhandle. 

“My team and I are closely monitoring extremely dangerous Hurricane Sally. We are fully engaged with State & Local leaders to assist the great people of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Be ready and listen to State and Local Leaders!” Trump tweeted late Monday night. 


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Published on Sep 15, 2020