Sally strengthens into a Category 2 hurricane
Additional strengthening is likely before landfall along the central Gulf Coast.
BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - As of the Monday 4 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Hunters found that Hurricane Sally has strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane.
The storm is still expected to make landfall along the Central US Gulf Coast, with current model guidance bringing the center of the track near the southeastern Louisiana coastline Monday night and making landfall Tuesday night or Wednesday. Impacts from the tropical system will be felt along the Gulf coastline from Louisiana to Florida. Swaths of 8 to 16 inches of rain with localized totals up to 24 inches will be a possibility along portions of the central Gulf Coast through the end of the week, with wind and storm surge being a threat along the coastline as well.
Here is the latest information on Hurricane Sally as of the Monday 4 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center:
|Location:||28.8N, 87.4W - About 105 miles E of the mouth of the Mississippi River|
|Maximum Sustained Winds:||100 mph|
|Movement:||WNW at 6 mph|
|Minimum Central Pressure:||987 mb|
A combination of Hurricane Warnings, Storm Surge Warnings and Tropical Storm Warnings extend from Louisiana to Florida.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles.
The storm is expected to make a hard eastward turn midweek, moving away from the gulf coast quickly by the end of the week.
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