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Gulf Coast Still Waiting For Sally Landfall
By The Associated Press
GULF SHORES - Hurricane Sally, a plodding storm with winds of 85 mph, crept toward the northern Gulf Coast early Tuesday as forecasters warned of potentially deadly storm surges and flash floods with up to 2 feet of rain and the possibility of tornadoes.

Hurricane warnings had stretched from Grand Isle, Louisiana to Navarre, Florida, but forecasters, while stressing “significant” uncertainty, kept nudging the predicted track eastward, easing fears in New Orleans, which was once in Sally’s crosshairs.

On the current track, the storm is forecast to reach land near the Alabama-Mississippi state line by late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

Stacy Stewart with the National Hurricane Center said Tuesday that people should continue to take the storm seriously since “devastating” rainfall is expected in large areas. People could drown in the flooding, he said.

“This is going to be historic flooding along with the historic rainfall,” Stewart said. “If people live near rivers, small streams and creeks, they need to evacuate and go somewhere else.”

After blooming to a Category 2 storm on Monday afternoon, the storm reverted back to Category 1 and was moving at only 2 mph before dawn on Tuesday, centered about 115 miles south-southeast of Biloxi, Mississippi, and 60 miles east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Forecasters expect Sally to turn northward Tuesday afternoon, moving near the coast of southeastern Louisiana later in the day, and then travel slowly north-northeastward through Wednesday, with top winds increasing to 110 mph, nearly Category 3, before blowing ashore.

The daily eastward revisions of Sally's projected path have also removed all of Tennessee from the "cone" of most influence. The Ohio Valley is now forecast to see only scattered showers from the extended rain bands that will rotate around the eventual tropical depression as it continues through Alabama and Georgia.

Published 04:25 AM, Tuesday Sep. 15, 2020
Updated 08:21 AM, Tuesday Sep. 15, 2020

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