Hurricane Sally weakened to a Category 1 storm early Tuesday but is expected to pick up steam as it inches toward the Gulf Coast — threatening to unleash historic floods when it finally makes landfall, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Sally, whose winds decreased to 85 mph, was 60 miles east of the mouth of the Mississippi River as it moved at a mere 2 mph, the NHC said.
It could slam into the Mississippi, Alabama and Florida coasts late Tuesday with flash flooding and storm surges of up to 9 feet in some areas.
The hurricane’s slow speed recalls 2017’s Hurricane Harvey, which brought several feet of rain over several days in the Houston area, according to Reuters.
Mobile, Alabama, Mayor Sandy Stimpson said he expected a “tremendous amount of flooding” as the city barricaded intersections likely to be inundated by high water.
President Trump issued an emergency disaster declaration for Mississippi and Louisiana, which