The latest from the National Hurricane Center shows that Sally is a category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds at 85 mph, a minimum central pressure of 983 mb, and moving very sluggishly to the northwest at 2 mph.
Hurricane warnings are in effect east of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi to Navarre, Florida. Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect east of Navarre, Florida to Indian Pass, Florida and from
Bay St. Louis, Mississippi westward to Grand Isle, Louisiana.
Storm Surge Warnings are in effect the mouth of the Mississippi River to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line in Florida. This includes Mobile Bay, Lake Pontchartrain, and Lake Maurepas.
Interests along the northern Gulf Coast should continue monitoring the progress of this system. The National Hurricane Center also expects the storm to slow down significantly, which would increase the risk for heavy rain and flash flooding. This is forecast to make landfall Wednesday morning as a category 1 hurricane, although more strengthening may occur. Keep checking back for the latest updates.
The Central Gulf Coast from the western Florida panhandle through southeast Louisiana could receive anywhere from 8-16″ of rain with isolated totals as high as 24″. Flooding along the coast is expected and could be life threatening when combined with the storm surge.
Dangerous impacts from storm surge, wind, and heavy rainfall will be possible along the Gulf Coast from the Florida Panhandle to southeastern Louisiana over the next 24-48 hours.
Continue to check in with us here at WeatherNation for updated information, and please seek additional announcements for your area if you are in the path of this hurricane.