Meteorologists expected Tropical Storm Sally to reach hurricane strength soon, bringing risky conditions to the U.S. Gulf Coast.
This clip from the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) shows a street in Sanibel, Florida, submerged by floodwater. It had maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour and was moving north at 14 miles per hour.
Sally is expected to strengthen into a hurricane early next week as it moves northeast across the Gulf of Mexico.
"That system is forecast to bring not only damaging winds but a risky storm surge", said Daniel Brown of the Hurricane Center. Paulette is impacting Bermuda while Sally is nearing the Gulf Coast.
JOHN BEL EDWARDS: We have really good reason to be very concerned about this storm, particularly because it is going to be a very slow-moving storm.
MS officials warned that the storm was expected to coincide with high tide, leading to significant storm surge.
A slow moving storm, Sally could produce rain totals up to 20 inches (51 centimeters) by the middle of the week, forecasters said. Other areas could see storm surge between 4 and 7 feet. Beginning late Sunday, forecasters expect Paulette to bring up to 6 inches of rain and "life-threatening surf and rip current conditions".
The system was moving west-northwest at 13 kilometres per hour (eight miles per hour) on Monday morning. It was centered 155 miles (250 kilometers) west of Port Charlotte, Florida, and 300 miles (485 kilometers) east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River. The center of the storm is forecast to move near or over Bermuda Monday morning. Once a tropical storm, Rene was forecast to become a remnant low on Monday. The storm is expected to hit New Orleans and surrounding areas as a hurricane by Tuesday morning, according to the NHC. The mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, ordered residents living beyond the levee system to evacuate.
All northern Gulf Coast states are urging residents to prepare. She urged residents to prepare and stay informed of the storm's path in the coming days.