Storm-weary Gulf Coast residents were preparing for a new weather attack on Monday when tropical storm Sally swirled north.
Jeffrey Gagnard, of Chalmette, Louisiana, spent Sunday in Mississippi helping his parents prepare their home for Sally – and to make sure they were safely evacuated before the storm.
“I mean, after Katrina, anything here and anything on the water, you’re going to take it seriously,” he said as he loaded boxes of bottled water into the back of his SUV in a grocery store parking lot in Waveland. Mississippi. “You can’t take anything lightly.”
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Gagnard said he intended to return across the state line to prepare his own home for wind and rain. Sally should take it to the New Orleans area.
Miami’s National Hurricane Center forecasters said Sally is expected to become a hurricane on Monday and hit the coast early Tuesday, bringing dangerous weather conditions, including the risk of flooding, to a region from Morgan City, Louisiana to Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
“I know this storm seemed to come out of nowhere for a lot of people,” said Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards. “We need everyone to watch out for this storm. Let’s take it seriously. “
Edwards urged people to immediately prepare for the storm. He also said there are still many from southwest Louisiana evacuated to New Orleans by Hurricane Laura – the very area that could be hit by Sally, a slow storm.
In Mandeville, a town about 35 miles north of New Orleans, resident Chris Yandle bought a week’s worth of groceries and brought all of his patio furniture to his family’s house and shed to prepare for the storm.
“I mainly try to keep calm – especially with a family of four and a dog to worry about,” said Yandle. “I’ve seen a lot of hurricanes growing up in Louisiana, but I haven’t felt as concerned about a hurricane in my life.”
Mississippi officials warned that the storm was likely to coincide with the high tide, which would result in a significant storm surge.
“All of our friends in the coastal and southern Mississippi regions need to understand that the time to get off is tomorrow morning if you live in lower-lying areas,” said Governor Tate Reeves late Sunday.
In Waveland, Mississippi, Joey Chauvin tied a high wooden post with a rope that had a statue of a pelican on it to mark the driveway to his weekend camp. He said a matching pelican marker on the opposite side of the driveway was washed away in Tropical Storm Cristobal earlier this summer. This storm pushed more than 1 meter of water into the area.
“When this one comes ashore as Cat 2, I think we’ll have at least six to seven feet of water where we’re standing,” said Chauvin. “So, yeah, we definitely won’t stay.”
The system moved north-west at 13 km / h on Sunday evening. It was centered 225 kilometers south-southwest of Panama City, Florida, and 300 kilometers east-southeast of the Mississippi Estuary. On Sunday, Florida’s Gulf Coast was hit by windy, wet weather.
Pensacola on Florida’s panhandle was preparing for eight to eight inches of rain.
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According to forecasters, Sally could produce rain totals of up to 61 centimeters by the middle of the week. The maximum sustained winds on Sunday evening were 95 km / h.
“This system is expected to bring not only harmful winds but also dangerous storm surges,” said Daniel Brown of the Hurricane Center. “Because it is slowing down, there could be an enormous amount of rainfall in the coming days.”
This isn’t the only storm in the Atlantic Basin. Paulette gained hurricane status late Saturday and was expected to bring storm surges, coastal floods and high winds to Bermuda according to a recommendation from the US National Hurricane Center. Once a tropical storm, Rene was set to become a holdover on Monday. Tropical Depression Twenty should intensify this week and turn into a tropical storm by Tuesday, forecasters said.
In Grand Isle, Louisiana, a mandatory evacuation was carried out before the storm. On Saturday, New Orleans Mayoress LaToya Cantrell issued a mandatory evacuation order for residents of the Orleans community who live outside the community’s levee protection system.
All northern Gulf Coast states urge residents to prepare.
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“It is likely that this storm system is affecting the Alabama Gulf Coast. While this is not currently predicted as a direct hit to our coastal areas, we know full well that we should not take the threat lightly, ”said Alabama Governor Kay Ivey. She urged residents to prepare for the storm’s path and stay informed in the coming days.