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Tropical Storm Sally approaches Alabama Gulf Coast

The storm is currently tracking toward coming ashore near New Orleans at 8 a.m. on Tuesday at hurricane strength, but history tells us that the tracks of these storms can and do change.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Sunday urged Alabamians to keep a close eye on weather reports as it now appears likely that Tropical Storm Sally may impact the Alabama Gulf Coast and the state’s weather this week.

“As we head into a new week, we are keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Sally,” Ivey said. “It is likely that this storm system will be impacting Alabama’s Gulf Coast. While it is currently not being predicted as a direct hit to our coastal areas, we know well that we should not take the threat lightly.”

The storm is currently tracking toward coming ashore near New Orleans at 8 a.m. on Tuesday at hurricane strength, but history tells us that the tracks of these storms can and do change.

“Don’t focus on the exact details of the track or intensity forecasts, as the average NHC track error at 36-48 hours is 60-80 miles and the average intensity error is 10-15 mph,” said ABC 33/40 meteorologist James Spann. “In addition, wind, storm surge, and rainfall hazards will extend far from the center. Unfortunately, confidence is increasing that Sally’s expected slow forward speed near the Gulf Coast will exacerbate the storm surge and heavy rainfall threats.”

There is already a danger of rip tides along the Alabama Gulf Coast.

“We offer our prayers and support to our friends in Louisiana as they are expected to once again be in the path of severe weather,” Ivey said. “I urge everyone to stay tuned in to your local, trusted weather news source and to remain aware as this storm approaches. While COVID-19 remains a threat, do what you can to protect your health, but if necessary, remember that getting yourself and your family to safety in the event of severe weather takes precedent. We will continue monitoring everything from the state level. Stay vigilant, Alabama.”

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Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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