Sep 16, 2020
Slow-moving Hurricane Sally on verge of making landfall, bringing life-threatening flooding
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This year's hurricane season is on pace to be the most active of all time, so it's no wonder that the tropics remain very busy.
The National Hurricane Center now sees four named storms and seven active systems in the Atlantic storm basin.
Hurricane Sally is nearing landfall around Gulf Shores, Alabama around 5:30 a.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Emergency in areas from Tallahassee, Florida to Mobile Bay, Alabama. Several Tornado Warnings were also issued.
The strength of the storm isn't the main concern. Sally is only moving at 3 miles per hour. That slow movement means it is going to drop an incredible amount of rain for an extended period of time. Historic and life-threatening flooding is likely.
Couple that with any significant wind speed, and you have a recipe for major damage.
3am Wed Update on #Sally Now strengthening to a CAT 2 and approaching landfall along the AL/ FL line. It will bring us rain Thursday & Friday #TropicalUpdate #alwx #flwx pic.twitter.com/JFbA3pB004— ???????????? ???????????????????????????????????????????? (@BigweatherABC11) September 16, 2020
The National Hurricane Center warns Sally could bring "historic life-threatening flash flooding through Wednesday."
Life-threatening storm surge from Hurricane #Sally is expected from the Mouth of the Mississippi River to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line in the Florida Panhandle. Highest inundation expected along the Alabama coast, including Mobile Bay. https://t.co/IGqyxeC0LO pic.twitter.com/YAIwVflMBb— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 15, 2020
Sally is expected to bring extremely dangerous and life-threatening storm surge. Storm surge warnings have been issued from Port Fourchon in Louisiana to the Mississippi/Alabama border.
Sally is the earliest "S" storm in recorded history.
Sally is just one of four named storms under observation right now. Paulette, Teddy, and Vicky are the others.
Hurricane Teddy is now a Category 2 hurricane. It is also projected to strengthen into a Category 3 storm Thursday and Category 4 by Friday. The good news is, Teddy is expected to stay out to sea.
Tropical Storm Vicky formed Monday west of the Cabo Verde Islands. It is not expected to cause a serious impact and will be short-lived.
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Out in the Atlantic, Hurricane Paulette is moving northeast. The eye of Paulette moved over Bermuda on Monday morning.
After hitting Bermuda, the storm is expected to turn north and stay away from the United States. Swells from Paulette are expected to impact parts of the Leeward Islands, the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas, Bermuda and the southeastern United States.
A tropical wave off Africa's west coast has a 50% chance of development over the next 5 days. Another wave in the Gulf has a 20% chance of development in the same time period. A non-tropical wave over the northeastern Atlantic Ocean has a 20% chance of forming.
The next storm to become a tropical storm will be named Wilfred, the final name before moving on to the Greek alphabet. Here's what happens if we run out of names.
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The last time that happened was 2005--which is the current record holder for the most active hurricane season ever.
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Officials fear disaster fatigue amid COVID-19 pandemic, busy Atlantic hurricane season
BILOXI, Miss. -- Along parts of the Gulf coast, first responders and families are feeling drained from this year's hurricane season even though there's more rain on the way and more trouble brewing in the tropics.
It's been a tough year to make and communicate hurricane forecasts with storm tracks constantly shifting, not to mention public health concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
"We worry about hurricane fatigue. We worry about people becoming frustrated," Vincent Creel, the city of Biloxi's public affairs manager, told AccuWeather. "'I"m not going to evacuate, I'm not going to worry about it' -- that's a huge danger we always worry about."
Creel and other officials say it's better to overprepare than to ignore the warnings. Mississippi missed out on the worst from Hurricane Sally, but towns in Alabama and Florida took a direct hit.
"I've been telling everybody that Sally felt right at home in our 2020," one resident said. Another woman added that she "wasn't prepared for this one because I didn't think it was going to do all this."
Boats, homes and RVs were destroyed in the latest storm to make landfall during this record-breaking season. The focus now is on Tropical Storm Beta, which is already causing trouble along the Texas coastline. Beta could also bring rain to southwest Louisiana, a region slowly recovering from Hurricane Laura just weeks ago.
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