Tropical Storm Sally is expected to intensify into a hurricane as it tracks into the northern Gulf Coast.
Tropical Storm Sally is anticipated to intensify into a hurricane.
Currently, Sally is tracking into the northern Gulf Coast, where it is expected to bring an extremely dangerous storm surge, flooding rainfall and damaging winds early this week, according to The Weather Channel.
The storm is centered over 100 miles east-southeast of southeast Louisiana and is expected to strengthen as it moves north westward toward the northern Gulf Coast.
Tropical Storm Sally will produce a foot or more of rainfall in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Currently, a hurricane warning has been issued for portions of southeastern Louisiana east of Morgan City, Louisiana eastward to the Mississippi/Alabama border, including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and metropolitan New Orleans, reported The Weather Channel.
Winds 74 mph or greater are expected in some parts of this area by late Monday and Tuesday.
A storm surge warning is in effect from Port Fourchon, Louisiana, to the border between Alabama and Florida, including Mobile Bay, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and Lake Borgne, added The Weather Channel.
Water levels have risen on the coast and based on the tide gauges in these areas, minor coastal flooding has already occurred in some areas.
According to The Weather Channel, the storm will likely slow down near the coast of Louisiana and Mississippi going into Tuesday. The slow forward speed will result in prolonged impacts from rainfall, storm surge and strong winds.
The system could be a Category 1 hurricane as it nears landfall, according to the latest National Hurricane Center forecast.
There is an increasing chance of isolated tornadoes from Sally from southeast Louisiana to southern Mississippi, southern Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle as well.