Last updated on September 14, 2020 at 8:07 pm EDT
Dauphin Island, Alabama – As time runs out to prepare for Hurricane Sally, the storm threat comes into focus. Forecasters expect a storm surge of up to 11 feet for parts of the Gulf Coast and up to 16 inches of rainfall. Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana have all declared a state of emergency.
More than 17 million people are on the path of a Category 2 hurricane. Hundreds of kilometers of coastline are under storm watches and warnings. There̵
Andrew Gilich, the Mayor of Biloxi, Mississippi, is concerned about the storm surge. “We hear, of course, that it changes almost every hour, 7 to 11 feet of storm surge,” he said. “That’s what kills people.”
Earlier projections showed that Hurricane New Orleans hit directly. Sally is pursuing the east, but the officers still aren’t taking any chances. CBS News was there as the locks closed and the city braced itself for a possible storm surge.
The system was set up after Hurricane Katrina. The idea is that the metal doors close and minimize the water in the city.
Even before intensification, Sally had fallen near a foot of rain that caused flooding in parts of Florida like the Keys.
The National Hurricane Center predicts the storm surge will be fatal, and officials are urging people to get out.
NHC said in its most recent recommendation that Sally’s outer rainbands are moving ashore in the Florida panhandle. The Hurricane Center said Sally was about 100 miles east of the Mississippi Estuary and 135 miles southeast of Biloxi, moving at 8 km / h from west to northwest.
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