Sally a Category 2 Hurricane, crawling toward the Gulf Coast

WSAV Hurricane Central

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) —Rene has dissipated over the central Atlantic Ocean tonight. We now have four tropical systems in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico: Paulette, Sally, Teddy & Vicky.

Tracking Sally

Sally’s outer rain bands are already moving onshore in the Florida panhandle.

A CAT 2 hurricane, Sally has maximum sustained winds of 100mph. As of 11 pm Monday, it was centered 90 miles east of the mouth of the Mississippi River. Sally is moving very slowly to the WNW at just 3mph.

On the forecast track, Sally will move near the coast of southeastern Louisiana tonight and Tuesday, and make landfall in the hurricane warning area Tuesday night or Wednesday.

Some strengthening is still expected. Sally is forecast to be a dangerous hurricane when it moves onshore along the north-central Gulf Coast.

Sally is expected to crawl in speed. This will lead to higher rain totals, storm surge, and tropical storm to hurricane force winds from Monday through Wednesday. Rain totals will be between 8-16″ with locally higher amounts closer to 24″. Storm surge will be the highest near the mouth of the Mississippi River.

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Florida’s Gulf Coast and a Hurricane Warning has been issued for parts of Louisiana and Mississippi. Sally is now the earliest “S” storm on record, beating Stan which formed on October 2, 2005.

Tracking Paulette

Hurricane Paulette is accelerating northeastward. The category 2 hurricane is packing winds of 105 mph and moving north-northeast at 17 mph.

Paulette is expected to keep moving quickly to the northeast, but the storm should slow down and turn eastward by late Tuesday. Swells generated by Paulette will continue to affect the east coast of the United States through Thursday. Here in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry, there will be a higher risk of rip currents.

Tracking Teddy

Tropical Storm Teddy formed early Monday morning from what was Tropical Depression 20. Teddy is forecast to become a hurricane on Tuesday.

As of 11 pm, it was centered 1,100 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, moving west at 13 mph. Its maximum sustained winds were 50 mph.

Teddy is likely to strengthen the next few days and could even become a major category 3 hurricane by Thursday. The storm will remain over the ocean through the weekend.

Tracking Vicky

Tropical Storm Vicky formed late Monday morning from what was tropical depression 21. Vicky has max sustained winds of 50 mph and is moving to the northwest at 7 mph.

This is expected to be a short-lived tropical system as wind shear increases through this week.

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