NHC upgrades Sally to Category 2 hurricane; additional strengthening possible overnight
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The following information was provided by the National Hurricane Center:
Sally is a little stronger. Additional strengthening is expected Monday night. Life-threatening storm surge, hurricane force winds, and flash flooding is likely along portions of the northern Gulf Coast starting Monday night and Tuesday.
LOCATION: 28.8 N 87.4 W, about 105 miles east of the mouth of the Mississippi River and about 145 miles southeast of Biloxi, Mississippi
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 100 mph
PRESENT MOVEMENT: West-northwest at 6 mph
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE: 987 mb
At 4 p.m., the center of Hurricane Sally was located near latitude 28.8 North, longitude 87.4 West. Sally is moving toward the west-northwest near 6 mph (9 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue through tonight. A northward turn is expected by Tuesday, and a slow north-northeastward to northeastward motion is expected Tuesday night through Wednesday night. On the forecast track, the center of Sally will move near the coast of southeastern Louisiana tonight and Tuesday, and make landfall in the hurricane warning area on late Tuesday or Wednesday. Data from reconnaissance aircraft indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 100 mph (155 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast tonight and early Tuesday and Sally is expected to be a dangerous hurricane when it moves onshore along the north-central Gulf coast. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km). The latest minimum central pressure estimated from data from an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is 987 mb (29.15 inches).
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