Sally’s track shifts east, Hurricane Watches and Tropical Storm Warnings issued for coastal communities

Tracking the Tropics

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – Tropical Storm Sally is the eighteenth named storm of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Sally is showing signs of strengthening

A west-northwest track will continue Sunday. The storm is expected to strengthen and reach hurricane status Monday. Landfall is likely along the Louisiana or Mississippi coast. It’s proximity to our coast will greatly determine the impacts. Most of the models are in agreeance with a landfall along the Louisiana Coast.

ALERTS: A Hurricane Watch is in place for Jackson, southern Mobile, and southern Baldwin counties. A tropical storm warning has been issued for Jackson county (MS), southern Mobile, southern Baldwin, and coastal NW FL. A storm surge watch has been issued for Jackson, southern Mobile and Baldwin counties. A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for Jackson, George, Greene counties in MS, Mobile, Washington, Baldwin, Clarke, Escambia counties in AL, and our NW FL counties until Thursday morning.

RAINFALL: Sally will likely be a slow-moving tropical cyclone. This means rounds of heavy, tropical downpours for Lower Alabama, Mississippi, and Northwest Florida. Right now, the highest rainfall totals will likely fall along and south of the I-10 corridor. Some areas may pick up 10-15″ of rain through the end of next week. The amounts will run lower the farther inland you head.

WINDS: Tropical storm force winds are likely to occur, especially slower to the coast. The chances are also in the moderate range inland. The hurricane-force wind potential is very low, mainly at the coast.

SURGE: The highest surge potential will likely occur over Coastal Louisiana and Mississippi. Some spots could see 3-6′. Coastal Alabama is forecast to receive 2-4′ mainly during high tide cycles. Amounts will run lower in Northwest Florida.

It is important to stay updated through the weekend. The forecast track will continue to change with new updated from the National Hurricane Center.

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