Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (D) declared a state of emergency on Saturday as the state prepares for Tropical Storm Sally.
Said Edwards in a statement On Saturday, Sally is expected to intensify into a hurricane that could drop land in Louisiana on Monday morning.
“While we don’t ultimately know where Sally will land, much of southeast Louisiana is in the cone of the storm and the risk of tropical storm forces or hurricane-force winds continues to increase,” said Edwards.
Today I declared a state of emergency before Tropical Storm Sally, which is expected to intensify into a hurricane that could hit Louisiana as early as Monday morning. https://t.co/buDcsF1WmK #lagov #lawx
– John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) September 12, 2020
Tropical Storm Sally formed off the coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Sally comes on the heels of Hurricane Laura, which struck Louisiana as a Category 4 storm in late August, killed at least 28 people.
“Just two weeks ago, Louisiana suffered a devastating blow when Hurricane Laura, the strongest hurricane ever landed in Louisiana history, landed and left a trail of destruction,” said Edwards. “Combined with the COVID-19 pandemic, this can make us all tired.”
Sally is one of several storms in the Atlantic. according to NOAA. Tropical Storm Paulette is on forecast to strengthen into a hurricane and move over or near Bermuda by Monday morning.