Hurricane Sally has intensified quickly today and will slow down as it approaches the Gulf Coast. Prolonged impacts are likely. Here’s the latest on what to expect:
Hurricane warning is in effect from Morgan City, Louisiana to the Alabama/Florida border.
My team and I are closely monitoring extremely dangerous HurricaneSally. 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!
Hurricane Sally rapidly over the Gulf of Mexico on Monday. President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration for parts of Louisiana and Mississippi.
Forecasts on Monday showed that Hurricane Sally could approach major hurricane strength as it nears the US Gulf Coast.
The Miami-based National Hurricane Center said that Sally has recently strengthened and developed an inner core and the warm waters of the Gulf favor additional strengthening in the next couple of hours.
As of now, the Category 2 hurricane is packing 100-mph (155-kph) winds but forecasters said that sustained winds of approximately 110 mph (177 kph) are expected right before landfall on Tuesday .
Residents from the low-lying areas of Louisiana and Mississippi have been ordered to evacuate ahead of the hurricane, while President Donald Trump has issued an emergency disaster declaration in the two states.