It was further strengthened as it moved towards the Gulf Coast. The National Hurricane Center warned Sunday that it could land as a hurricane. Hurricane conditions are expected from Grand Isle, Louisiana to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, including the Greater New Orleans area, by late Monday.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said Sally is a “very significant threat”. “We have really good reason to be concerned about this storm,” Edwards said in a press conference on Sunday.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Sunday that a dangerous and “life-threatening”
Benjamin Schott of the National Weather Service in New Orleans warned: “The rise is usually the number one killer.”
Flash floods are expected to occur on the Florida Panhandle before the storm lands, the NHC said. The effects of the storm can already be felt on Sunday evening and last all Monday. The storm is expected to land near Louisiana and Mississippi on Tuesday.
As of 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sally was about 160 miles south of Panama City, Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour, according to the NHC.
Louisiana is still recovering from Hurricane Laura, which hit Lake Charles as a Category 4 storm in late August. Edwards said on Sunday that he had asked President Trump for further assistance from the federal government to ease the storm.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Paulette approached Bermuda on Sunday, with conditions for tropical storms starting on Sunday evening. The storm is expected to be near the island on Monday. A hurricane warning applies to Bermuda.