Hurricane Sally heads towards southern United States
Hurricane Sally is creeping towards the northern Gulf Coast of the United States, bringing heavy rains and surging water ahead of its expected landfall as a Category 2 hurricane, with the chance of further strengthening possible.
Forecasters have warned of potentially deadly storm surges, flash floods spurred by up to two feet (609mm) of rain and the possibility of tornadoes later on Tuesday.
President Donald Trump issued emergency declarations for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He also urged residents to listen to state and local leaders.
Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana, which is still recovering from Hurricane Laura, which made landfall as a Category 4 storm, told residents to be prepared.
“Be smart and be safe,” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, the governors of Alabama and Mississippi both declared a state of emergency ahead of the approaching storm.
The second strong storm in less than a month to threaten the region, Sally’s winds increased to 155 kph (100 mph) east of the mouth of the Mississippi River, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said late on Monday.
It could wallop the Mississippi and Alabama coasts on Tuesday with devastating winds of up to 178 kph (110 mph), on the cusp of becoming a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of intensity, the NHC said.
Hurricanes are considered to have the potential for devastating damage when they have sustained winds past 179 kph (111 mph).
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