Hurricane Sally Latest Update and Potential Impacts

 

Sally is now a hurricane. The storm rapidly strengthened into a category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 100 mph and a minimum central pressure of 987mb. Sally is within a conducive environment of low wind shear, warm waters, and a moist environment which will aid in even more intensification over the next 24 hours before landfall. Heavy rain is already causing flash flooding across the Florida Panhandle along with dangerous swells and strong wind gusts from the outer bands of Sally. Check out the latest conditions and live cams from our WeatherStem partners along the coast.

This storm is moving slower than model guidance and suggests a more easterly landfall – meaning those from SW LA to Mobile/Pensacola should prepare for the possibility of potential landfall as a category 2 or 3 hurricane Tuesday into Wednesday.

Storm surge up to 11′, damaging wind gusts and rainfall 10-20″ and a few tornadoes are possible along the gulf coast and for areas immediately inland. Regardless of category – those immediately right of center will face the worst impacts of this storm.

Due to the slow-moving nature of this storm heavy rain could bring potential flooding late-week even here to the Carolinas. It is still too far out to know for sure how much rain will fall across the WCCB viewing area, but it is essential that all remain weatherwise in the coming days.