The hurricane has already caused strong winds, rain, and waves on the coast.
The national hurricane center reports that slow-moving hurricane Sally is still out at sea, but is already bringing strong winds, rain, and surf to the Gulf coast.
According to forecasters, Sally is located about 110 kilometers from the East coast of Louisiana and Mississippi. Currently, the maximum wind speed inside the hurricane is 140 kilometers per hour, and hurricane warnings are in effect early for areas from the Louisiana-Mississippi border to Florida. Forecasters say the storm will make landfall near the Alabama-Mississippi border by Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning. It is also reported that the hurricane is moving eastward than originally expected and will pass New Orleans.
The hurricane is expected to bring 25-50 centimeters of rain, and in some areas, up to 76 centimeters. Storm surges are also expected, which can reach a height of almost three meters. This increases the likelihood of coastal flooding.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in the Western parts of the state, where heavy rains are falling on Tuesday. President Donald Trump on Monday declared a state of emergency in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama and tweeted that residents should listen to the recommendations of local authorities.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey asked the President to declare a state of emergency after the national weather service warned of an increased likelihood of dangerous flooding in the city of mobile, in some areas where the water level reaches 2.7 meters. On Tuesday, Ivey urged residents to remain vigilant and listen to emergency warnings.