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Hurricane Sally shifts east once again

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(Satellite image source: NOAA)

Hurricane Sally, still a Category 1 storm, is continuing its slow 2-mph progression toward the Gulf Coast; however, the projected track of the storm has shifted to the east once again.

At 4 p.m., Sally’s center was about 85 miles south of Mobile, Alabama, with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.

(Image source: NOAA)

The Gulf Coast east of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, to Navarre, Florida, remains under a hurricane watch. West of Bay St. Louis to Grand Isle, Louisiana, is under a tropical storm watch. The tropical storm warning for Metro New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana has been discontinued.

Landfall is still predicted for late Tuesday or early Wednesday. The worst effects of the storm are expected in Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, but that doesn’t eliminate storm surge of 2 to 5 feet and “historic life-threatening” flash flooding on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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