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Hurricane Sally’s outer bands hit the Gulf Coast Tuesday, bringing intense winds and heavy rain as the storm has continued to strengthen over the Gulf of Mexico.

Officials in Mississippi and Alabama warned that the Category II storm could bring a catastrophic storm surge and nonstop rain, made worse by its slowing speed, a local NBC outlet reported.

Statewide officials encouraged people living close to the coast to evacuate as soon as possible, urging them to take advantage of the storm’s slow speed to avoid the expected floods. Sally is expected to make landfall near southeastern Louisiana Tuesday afternoon before turning northward towards Biloxi, Mississippi and Mobile, Alabama, The New York Times reported.

“I’m well aware that those on the Gulf Coast are all too familiar with Mother Nature’s wrath,” Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said during a news conference Tuesday. “We still hope and pray Sally will not bring that type of pain and heartache, but my fellow Alabamians, Hurricane Sally is not to be taken for granted.” (RELATED: Hurricane Laura Makes Landfall As A Category 4 Storm)

A construction site is seen on the coast hours before Hurricane Sally makes landfall on the US Gulf Coast in Pascagoula, Mississippi on September 15, 2020. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

The hurricane’s winds reached over 80 m.p.h. early Tuesday afternoon, according to NYT, risking a storm surge in some areas exceeding nine feet and rainfall up to 30 inches high.

Rain is already falling from the outer bands of Hurricane Sally from Naples, Florida, to Biloxi, Mississippi. The storm is moving at 2 mph — slower than most humans walk — and that is not necessarily a good thing. https://t.co/i2vayrh7lb pic.twitter.com/mebYFkyDho

— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) September 15, 2020

Officials are warning that Hurricane Sally is expected to bring “a history-making amount of rain,” drenching communities with 10-20 inches — and some areas possibly seeing up to 30 inches of rain.https://t.co/A6fclTcDhl

— NPR (@NPR) September 15, 2020

Forecasters from the National Hurricane Center also warned of “extreme life-threatening” flash floods beginning Tuesday night and continuing into Wednesday and urged residents to evacuate. A hurricane warning remains active, extending from Louisiana’s eastern coast to the Florida panhandle, according to NYT. (RELATED: Mosquitoes Are Killing Livestock In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Laura)

“This is the real deal, and it deserves your attention,” Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves tweeted Monday, urging residents to evacuate as well.

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Hurricane Teddy To Stir Up Wind, Waves On Massachusetts Coast

BOSTON (CBS) – Hurricane Teddy will be making its closest pass by New England Tuesday, coming within about 300 miles of our shoreline before slamming into Nova Scotia later tonight.

While it won’t be close enough for any of the rain bands to reach eastern New England, there will be some strong, gusty winds and coastal flooding around the hours of high tide this afternoon.

WINDS:

A high wind warning is in effect for Nantucket through 11 p.m. for sustained northerly winds 30-to-40 mph and gusts to 60 mph.

A wind advisory is in effect for Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard for sustained northerly winds 20-to-30 mph and gusts to 50 mph.

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Gusts to 40 mph are expected along the rest of the coastal areas of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. Some pockets of wind damage and isolated power outages are likely.

COASTAL FLOODING:

A Coastal Flood Warning is in effect for the entire Massachusetts coastline from 2-to-7 p.m. Tuesday. We are expecting pockets of minor coastal flooding, splashover and some shore road inundation. North facing beaches will be hit hardest, including the bay side of Cape Cod.

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This is from the National Weather Service:

Coastal flooding is expected along the North Shore from Marblehead northward along the coast to Newburyport. The combination of high tides and large swells will result in flooding of some immediate coastal roads and some road closures are anticipated. Flooding of Nantucket Harbor is expected. Some low-lying coastal roads, including Easy and Easton Streets, will experience flooding during the time nearest high tide. Expect minor coastal flooding of some low-lying roadways. Minor coastal flooding occurs in Provincetown, in the vicinity of Race Point Road and Provincetown Airport. In Truro backwater flooding occurs along the Pamet River. Dangerous swimming and surfing conditions and localized beach erosion.

ROUGH SURF:

A high surf advisory is in effect through 8 p.m. Wednesday for our entire coastline. Expect rip currents and large, breaking waves of 8-to-24 feet in the surf zone.

While it may be a great day to watch the ocean from afar today, conditions will be dangerous for surfers, swimmers and mariners. Seas rarely get this rough in our area, anyone needing to be on the water Tuesday should heed all precautions laid out by the Weather Service.

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