Sally Reaches Cat 2 Strength, Track Again Nudges East


Hurricane Sally continued to grow stronger Monday while meandering in the Gulf of Mexico.

Some of Sally's lazy drift could be blamed on center reformations taking place throughout the day.

The current track of Sally was nudged further eastward by the NHC, which noted the track remained on the western side of guidance and further adjustments could be necessary.

A lot of uncertainity remains on Sally's eventual path due to weak steering currents in the area, which is why Sally is expected to move slowly towards land on Tuesday.

Sally's landfall will determine who receives the biggest brunt from rainfall, with the heaviest amounts near and east of the storm's center.

Current watches and warnings from the National Hurricane Center:

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...

Port Fourchon, LA to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line in Florida

Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Lake Borgne

Mobile Bay

STORM SURGE: The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water could reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide...

Mouth of the Mississippi River to Ocean Springs, MS including Lake Borgne...7-11 ft

Ocean Springs, MS to Dauphin Island, AL including Mobile Bay...6-9 ft

Dauphin Island, AL to AL/FL Border...4-7 ft

Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas...3-5 ft

Port Fourchon, LA to Mouth of the Mississippi River...2-4 ft

AL/FL Border to Okaloosa/Walton County Line, FL including Pensacola Bay and Choctawhatchee Bay...2-4 ft

Okaloosa/Walton County Line, FL to Chassahowitzka, FL including Saint Andrew Bay...1-3 ft

Burns Point, LA to Port Fourchon, LA...1-2 ft

Overtopping of local levees outside of the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System is possible where local inundation values may be higher than those shown above.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...

Morgan City, LA to Navarre, FL

Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas including metropolitan New Orleans

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

East of of Navarre, FL to Indian Pass, FL

From the National Weather Service Office New Orleans/Baton Rouge office:

A Storm Surge Warning and Hurricane Warning are in effect for Ascension, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Livingston, Lower Jefferson, Lower Lafourche, Lower Plaquemines, Lower St. Bernard, Orleans, Southern Tangipahoa, St. Charles, St. John The Baptist, St. Tammany, Upper Jefferson, Upper Plaquemines, and Upper St. Bernard.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Northern Tangipahoa, Pike, St. Helena, and Walthall.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Assumption, Lower Terrebonne, Pearl River, St. James, Upper Lafourche, Upper Terrebonne, and Washington.

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