President Donald Trump warned Gulf Coast residents to prepare for an “extremely dangerous” storm. Hurricane Sally is expected to make landfall some time Wednesday as a Category 1. On Monday (Sept. 14), the president reassured residents in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi that his team were monitoring the situation.
Hurricane Sally may produce historic flooding as a result.
According to AP News, experts expect winds to reach 110 miles per hour by Wednesday. The storm may also produce historic flooding as well. As a result, some areas may experience up to 30 inches of rain, according to CNN.
“This is going to be historic flooding along with the historic rainfall,” National Hurricane Center senior specialist Stacy Stewart told the AP. “If people live near rivers, small streams and creeks, they need to evacuate and go somewhere else.”
The Trump Administration also approved federal disaster declaration for Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.
“As we continue making preparations for Hurricane Sally to impact Alabama, I thank President Trump and his Administration for approving our request so quickly” Alabama Governor Ivey wrote in a statement.
Louisiana is also preparing for the worst.
As of 7 a.m. CT, Hurricane Sally was about 65 miles east of the mouth of the Mississippi River. According to the Weather Channel, officials expect the storm to hit eastern Louisiana and Biloxi, Mississippi before tracking eastward across Mississippi into Alabama.
After being hit by Hurricane Laura three weeks ago, Louisiana is preparing for the worst. Before the storm hits, the state has ordered mandatory evacuations for parts of or the entirety of several parishes. In New Orleans, officials issued evacuations for those living outside the levee protection system on Sunday. This included Venetian Isles, Lake Catherine and Irish Bayou. As a result of strong winds, storm surge in those areas could be 11 feet, according to NOLA Ready.
According to CNN, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is almost out of named storms. The list only has Wilfred left as a storm name. If the National Hurricane Center runs out of names, they’ll name storms after letters of the Greek alphabet. This would be the second time in recorded history, the first in 2005, this has happened.