Hurricane Sally Threatens Gulf Coast With Rapidly Strengthening Winds and Severe Flooding
This podcast is brought to you by consumer reports standing for truth fairness and what's right for consumers consumer reports has been on your side. Since nineteen thirty, six with information you can trust own home, auto food, health, tech money, and more learn more at CR dot org slash consumer. Hurricane Sally Threatens Gulf coast with potentially historic flooding by Stacey pleasants and Janati. McConnell hey of the Associated Press Wavelength Mississippi. Hurricane Sally one of four storms churning simultaneously in the Atlantic closed in on the Gulf coast on Monday with rapidly strengthening winds of at least a hundred miles per hour one, hundred, sixty, one kilometers per hour and heavy rain as forecasters warned of potentially historic flooding and governors declared states of emergency. This low moving storm was forecast to brush the southeastern tip of Louisiana and then blow ashore late Tuesday or early Wednesday. Near the Mississippi Alabama State Line the National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Warnings stretched from Morgan. City Louisiana to Navarra Florida. President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration for parts of Louisiana and Mississippi on Monday an action that authorizes veteran emergency officials to coordinate disaster relief efforts and provide emergency assistance to the affected areas. Alabama Governor K V asked the president to do the same for her state after the National Weather Service in mobile warned of the increasing likelihood of dangerous and potentially historic flooding. The Weather Service forecast that waters could rise as much as nine feet. Two point seven meters above ground in large parts of the mobile metro area with a population of four hundred, thousand people. It is the largest metro area along the Gulf coast between New Orleans and Tampa Florida. Some businesses and mobile placed sandbags at their. In preparation. Florida governor run Santa's declared a state of emergency in the panhandles westernmost counties Escambia and Santa Rosa as the hurricanes outer bands began to lash the area all along the storm weary Gulf coast residents rushed to buy bottled water and other supplies ahead of the hurricane which powered up to a category two in the afternoon forecasters said sustained winds could reach one hundred, ten miles per hour one, hundred, seventy, seven kilometers per hour just below category three strength by landfall. Seawater and sand swept onto roads on one end of Dauphin, island off the coast of Alabama washing away several cars, Dolphin, island mayor, Jeff. Collier said, he said about a dozen people had to be evacuated by Humvee in coastal Mississippi water spilled onto roads. And Ducks, well, before the storm's arrival, all twelve casinos were ordered to shut down Monday afternoon and Governor Tate. Reeves. Urge residents of low-lying areas to prepare to evacuate. This is the real deal and it deserves your attention reeves wrote on twitter be smart prepare for the worst pray for the best he said Reeves said Sally could dump up to twenty inches fifty. One. Centimeters of rain on the southern part of the state shelters opened but officials urged people who are evacuating to stay with friends or relatives or in hotels if possible because of the corona virus, the town of Kiln Mississippi with many homes sit high on stilts along the Jordan River and its tributaries was under a mandatory evacuation order and it appeared most residents obeyed. It would be dumb to stay here said Michael Mac McLaughlin seventy two a retiree who planned to ride out the storm in. New Orleans, with his girlfriend, he said his home was built in two thousand fourteen to withstand hurricanes. But I just don't WanNa be here when the waters that deep and be stranded that wouldn't be smart. Jeremy Burke lifted things off the floor in case of flooding in his bay books. Bookstore in the old town neighborhood of Bay Saint Louis a popular weekend getaway from new. Orleans about sixty miles. Five kilometers to the West it's into a ghost town he said. Sally has lots of company during what has become one of the busiest hurricane seasons in history. So busy that forecasters of almost run through the alphabet of names with two and a half months still to go for only the second time on record forecasters said, five tropical cyclones swirled simultaneously in the Atlantic Basin at one point on Monday. The last time that happened was in nineteen seventy-one. In addition to Sally were Hurricane Paulette, which passed over a well-fortified Bermuda on Monday and was expected to peel harmlessly out into the North Atlantic and tropical storms, Rene Teddy and Vicki, all of them out at sea and unlikely to threaten land this week if at all rene was downgraded to a trough of low pressure Monday evening. Sally was about one hundred, thirty, five miles two, hundred, seventeen kilometers south of below occc Mississippi on Monday night moving at six miles per hour nine kilometers per hour. The hurricanes luggage pace could give it more time to drench the Mississippi Delta with rain and storm surge storm surge warnings stretched from Port for John in Louisiana to the lines between Okaloosa and Walton counties in Florida also included lakes pontchartrain more PA and born in the New Orleans area and Mobile Bay in Alabama Sally was moving west northwest Monday night, but forecasters expected it to turn slightly east people in. New. Orleans. Worried that Sally would pose the latest test for pumps used in the low lying cities century old drainage system. In eastern New Orleans drainage canals were lowered in anticipation of torrential rains mayor La Toya Cantrell said, new. Orleans. Police went on twelve hour shifts and rescue boats, barricades, generators, and other equipment were readied police. Superintendent Sean. Ferguson said. On August Twenty Seventh Hurricane Laura blew ashore in southwestern Louisiana along the Texas line well west of New Orleans tearing off roofs and leaving large parts of the city of Lake Charles. Uninhabitable the storm was blamed for thirty two deaths in the two states, the vast majority of them in. Louisiana. More than two thousand evacuees from Hurricane Laura remained sheltered in. Louisiana. Most of them in New Orleans Area Hotels Governor John Bel Edwards said the extraordinarily busy hurricane season like the catastrophic wildfire season on the West, coast has focused attention on the role of climate change scientists say global warming is making the strongest of hurricanes those with wind speeds of one hundred, ten miles per hour or more even stronger. Also warmer air holds more moisture making storms. Rainier and rising seas from global warming makes storm surges. And more damaging. In addition scientists have been seeing tropical storms and hurricanes slow down once they hit the United States by about seventeen percent since nineteen hundred and that gives them the opportunity to unload more rain over one place as to seventeen hurricane harvey did in Houston.