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Hurricane Sally heading for Gulf coast, storm surge and flooding rains likely

September 14, 2020 10:48 PM |

Hurricane Sally

After having struck by hurricane Laura, another storm Sally is heading for Gulf Coast and is likely to make landfall on Tuesday evening. Presently, Sally is a tropical storm moving northwest slowly and is likely to gain hurricane strength before crossing the coast. It is travelling in fairly hot waters and therefore gaining heat potential and energy. Being a slow-moving system, it will have a prolonged impact hitting New Orleans. The peripherals of the hurricane will also impact Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

hurricane Sally

The hurricane will be lashing the coastline with wind speed between 120 and 150kmh. The storm surge in excess of 8-10 feet carries serious threat of flooding rains. The combination of storm surge, strong winds and torrential rains become a potential disaster resulting in damage to life and property.

The hurricane season in the Atlantic lasts till November with a peak around Sep- Oct. Presently there are 3 more storms in the Atlantic Ocean (Paulette, Rene, Teddy) in the close proximity of each other. The closest hurricane Paulette will recurve while over deep sea and therefore will not pose any threat to the coastline.

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