Tropical Storm Sally is still growing and could hit the US near New Orleans late Monday as a “life-threatening” Category 2 hurricane, officials have warned.
“Sally is likely to produce life-threatening storm surge, hurricane-force winds and flash flooding along the northern Gulf Coast starting late today,” the National Hurricane Center warned early Monday.
“Right now we have it at a strong Category 1, but we’re trying to message people to prepare for a Category 2,” National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Efferson told the Wall Street Journal.
Hurricane warnings have now been issued from Morgan City, Louisiana, east to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, including New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas, CNN noted.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Saturday, and officials in the New Orleans area issued a mandatory evacuation order for areas outside of levee protection.
“I know for a lot of people this storm seemed to come out of nowhere,” Edwards said. “We need