Hurricane Sally’s eye is still approaching the mainland, and the storm rapidly intensified into a Category 2 hurricane early Wednesday drenching the Florida
The storm is expected to make landfall Wednesday morning somewhere between
Hurricane-force winds extend out 40 miles with tropical-storm-force winds extending out 125 miles.
While Sally has “extremely dangerous” winds the hurricane’s defining characteristic has been its sluggish speed, allowing Sally more time to siege the coastline with strong storm surge and a longer period of time to inundate the mainland’s rivers, streams and lake with heavy rain.
Sally is forecast to produce rainfall totals of 8 to 12 inches with higher amounts up to 35 inches being possible just inland of the central
“Historic and catastrophic flooding is unfolding. In addition, this rainfall will lead to widespread moderate to major river flooding,” the
Sally could possibly become stronger before making landfall in the
A tropical storm warning is in effect from east of the
A storm surge warning is in effect from the
The storm has already brought 15-inches of rainfall to
Sally’s long battle against the
As Sally’s outer bands reached the
Sally had on Monday grown to a Category 2 hurricane with 100 mph winds, but died back down to Category 1 status and is projected to potentially gain “some” strength before landfall.
Rain bands reached land as coastal roads along
Sally slow speed is not unlike 2017u2032s Hurricane Harvey; another slow moving storm that dropped historic amounts of rainfall of more than 60 inches over southeastern
Sally’s threat of flooding won’t just affect the
“Because of that slow movement, we’re going to see torrential rainfall, dangerous rainfall. Large forecast for the rainfall totals here,” said Graham who reinforced the forecast of some areas receiving up to 30 inches of rain. “That’s a history making amount of rain. Dangerous, very life threatening situation with that rainfall. You have to pay attention and have a plan and not be out there traveling. If water covers the road turn around. Don’t drown. It’s a dangerous situation to be on the roadways here.”
Graham also noted that the flash flooding could affect resident hundreds of miles from the coast.
Some inland areas near rivers and streams could experience 4 to 6 feet of flood water, said
“[They] need to understand there is going to be extremely heavy rainfall, like what they may have never seen before,” Stewart said. “You don’t have to have a very powerful hurricane like a Category 3 hurricane to get significant storm surge.”
Some tornadoes also could occur Wednesday in the Florida
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s hurricane hunting WP-3D Orion aircraft, NOAA43 also known as “Miss Piggy,” went on its last mission surveying Sally Tuesday afternoon. So far, the team has spent 29.5 flight hours observing the storm, partly because of its slow pace, said NOAA Aircraft Operations flight director
“When storms slow down, it ramps up our stress,” Kerns said. “The longer it sits over [warm water], the longer it will intensify, and of course by proxy, the more missions we fly to observe it.”
The flight, a team of about eight or nine, will be flying to
Meanwhile, Hurricane Paulette is beginning to weaken after it passed over
While the NHC’s most concerning storm at the moment is Sally, the hurricane center is keeping track of six other systems.
Paulette brought heavy rains to
The surf conditions were responsible for the death of a 60-year-old man man Monday who went swimming off
Forming Monday morning, Hurricane Teddy formed early Wednesday and is a Category 2 storm with winds of 100 mph. It is expected to become a Category 4 major hurricane by Thursday and is headed in Bermuda’s general direction but at present is no threat to land.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles.
Also Tropical Storm Vicky was located 755 miles northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph moving west-northwest at 9 mph with tropical-storm-force winds extending out 80 miles.
Despite significant wind shear, Vicky is not weakening as forecasters expected, but the storm is still expected to lose strength and reach a remnant low within a couple days.
First, a surface trough over the west-central
Finally, a new system caught the NHC’s attention overnight located in a nontropical area in the far northeast
If any of those systems develop into a tropical storm, they will be named “Wilfred” - the final name on the 2020 hurricane season name last. Any storm that develops after Wilfred will be designated a letter from the Greek alphabet.
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