Hurricane Warnings For LA Lifted As Sally Tracks Eastward

Sep 15, 2020

TRACKING EASTWARD - Satellite image shows Hurricane Sally slowly moving towards Mississippi-Alabama coastline at 10AM 09.15.20.
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HURRICANE SALLY UPDATE –  Hurricane warnings for Louisiana have been downgraded this  morning as Hurricane Sally continues to shift east toward Mississippi and Alabama and moving at just 2 mph, a pace that's enabling the storm to gather huge amounts of water to eventually dump on land. Forecasters now expect landfall late Tuesday or early Wednesday near the Alabama-Mississippi state line.  President Donald Trump has declared an emergency for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.   Hurricane Sally has sustained winds of 85 mph but is expected to be nearly a Category 3 storm when it hits land.  As far as Louisiana is concerned, Southeast Louisiana is expected to be the most affected by high winds and heavy rainfall. And heavy rain from the hurricane’s outer bands could affect other parts of South Louisiana as well.  Governor John Bel Edwards says all should take precautions.

"What we know with a slow-moving storm if one of those  bands of rain  settle over  parts of Louisiana, we know flooding is going to be a big concern," Edwards said.

Governor John Bel Edwards warned of heavy rainfall and flooding even though hurricane warnings for Louisiana have been lifted.
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Parts of Southeastern Louisiana could get anywhere from 15 to 18 inches of rainfall causing flash flooding and hazardous roadways. 

"If you see a road that's flooded and you're not absolutely 100% sure that it's safe, turn around, don't drown," Edwards warned.

Northwest Louisiana is not expected to be impacted by Hurricane Sally as today’s forecast is for mostly sunny skies with no rain.  Red River Radio will offer updates should weather conditions change.