State of Emergency Declared as Hurricane Sally Bears Down on Gulf Coast

New Orleans, LA – The U.S. Gulf Coast is expected to be battered by another major storm this week less than a month after taking a direct hit from Category 4 Hurricane Laura.

Late last month, Hurricane Laura left a wake of destruction through a large swath of the Gulf Coast, and now another hurricane is bearing down.




 

On Monday afternoon, Tropical Storm Sally strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane as it continues to move slowly in the Gulf.

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Sally is expected to continue strengthening and could make landfall late Tuesday as a Category 2.

Hurricane Sally is also expected to bring torrential rainfall of up to 2 feet in some areas and a storm surge as high as 11 feet.

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.

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards have already declared a state of emergency for their respective states in preparation for the storm.




 

In an appearance on Fox News on Monday, Governor Reeves said state officials are preparing for a direct hit.

“It looks like right now we are going to get a direct hit,” he said. “We are expecting it to take a sharp right turn and hit Biloxi. It’s going to be a major water event no matter where it hits along the Gulf.”

The NHC has issued a Hurricane Warning to areas from Morgan City, LA to the Alabama/Florida border, including New Orleans.

Tropical-storm-force winds have already begun in some areas, the NHC reports.

Truckers operating in and through these areas should be advised and take proper precautions.

Transportation Nation Network will continue to track the storm.

 


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