Weather forecasters predict storm Sally will turn into a hurricane

Weather forecasters predict storm Sally will turn into a hurricane

Residents of the Gulf Coast braced themselves for another blow of the elements on Monday.

The 2020 hurricane season continues to build in power. The National Hurricane Center tracks about seven tropical storms, including Sally approaching the Gulf Coast, while Hurricane Paulette rages near Bermuda.

A satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Tropical Storm Sally on September 13, 2020. Sally turned north on Sunday and is now preparing to become a hurricane and strike the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Forecasters from the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sally will turn into a hurricane on Monday and reach shore by early Tuesday, bringing hazardous weather conditions, including flood risk, to the region stretching from Morgan City, Louisiana to Ocean Springs. Mississippi.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards urged residents of the state to seriously prepare for the storm. Hurricane Laura has recently evacuated New Orleans to New Orleans, where Sally may be raging.

Mississippi officials have warned that the storm could coincide with high tide, leading to a significant storm surge.

According to forecasters, Sally runs the risk of bringing huge rainfall up to 24 inches (61 centimeters) by mid-week.

“This element is expected to bring not only destructive winds, but also a dangerous storm surge,” said Daniel Brown of the Hurricane Center.

This is not the only storm in the Atlantic Basin. Paulette received hurricane status on Saturday and is expected to bring storm surge, floods and high winds to Bermuda.

A mandatory evacuation has already been announced in Grand Isle, Louisiana, ahead of the storm. On Saturday, New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell issued a mandatory evacuation order for residents outside the dam protection system.

Hurricane season ends November 30. According to the NOAA forecast, this year, by the end of the season, we may expect from 19 to 25 named storms. If the total number of storms in 2020 exceeds the established list of names, hurricane specialists will start using the letters of the Greek alphabet to name storms.