Hurricane Sally shifts away from LA, heads east
BATON ROUGE - As of Tuesday morning, Hurricane Sally has veered away from Louisiana and shifted eastward in a path that puts her on a crash course with Mississippi and Alabama.
Though Louisiana has escaped the threat posed by the slow-moving storm, Governor John Bel Edwards had already requested and received approval for federal assistance from President Donald Trump.
But the assistance won't go to waste, as Governor Edwards plans to reroute the resources to Louisiana's eastern neighbor, Mississippi.
With Louisiana only likely to experience isolated showers and some storm surge along certain lakes when Sally makes landfall on Wednesday, Mississippi is expected to withstand rainfall of 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) and significant flash flooding as well as minor to moderate river flooding through the end of the week.
Mississippi's Governor, Tate Reeves, requested and received approval for federal aid in advance of Hurricane Sally's arrival, but as Louisiana residents well know, as much help as possible is needed after a powerful hurricane hits.
In a Monday evening post on social media, Governor Reeves urged Mississippi residents to prepare for the worst, saying, "Make plans to evacuate low-lying areas. Emergency operators are ready to respond. This is the real deal, and it deserves your attention."
Hurricane Sally is headed straight for Mississippi and it is now a Category 2. Make plans to evacuate low-lying areas....Posted by Tate Reeves on Monday, September 14, 2020
According to The Associated Press, Hurricane Sally was creeping at 2 mph Tuesday toward the Gulf Coast morning, with landfall near the Mississippi-Alabama state line expected late Tuesday or early Wednesday. The storm was forecast to reach land as a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (137 kph). Sally was expected to weaken rapidly after coming ashore.
Governor Edwards will provide the public with an update on Hurricane Sally at 2 p.m., Tuesday. WBRZ will air his address on its platforms at that time.
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