Hurricane Sally reaches Cat 2 strength, track shifts east as it approaches Gulf Coast

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Sally reached hurricane strength on Monday, becoming the seventh hurricane of 2020.

Hurricane Sally is just one of several systems churning in an extremely active Atlantic basin. We’re also keeping an eye on Hurricane Paulette, Tropical Storm Teddy, Tropical Storm Vicky and Tropical Depression Rene as well as disturbance and a tropical wave that is expected to emerge off the coast of Africa in the coming days.

Here are the latest updates on the systems being tracked:

Hurricane Sally

Sally is rapidly gaining strength as it moves slowly over the north Central Gulf and reached Category 2 hurricane strength Monday evening.

As of 5 p.m. ET, the storm has maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. It’s about 125 miles east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

The storm is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge, hurricane-force winds and flash flooding to the northern Gulf Coast in the coming days. It could dump 8 to 16 inches of rain on the central Gulf Coast with isolated amounts of 24 inches.

The latest forecast from the NHC says Sally will continue to move over the north-central Gulf of Mexico before approaching southeastern Louisiana Monday night.

Landfall is expected to happen along the Gulf Coast Tuesday or Tuesday night.

Hurricane Paulette

Paulette reached Category 2 strength as it started moving away from Bermuda Monday morning. It was still battering the island with hurricane-force winds and torrential rains.

As of 2 p.m., the storm has maximum sustained winds of 105 mph and is about 115 miles north of Bermuda. It’s moving north-northeast at about 13 mph. Forecasters expert Paulette to turn toward the northeast Monday night before turning toward the east-northeast Tuesday.

Rene

As of 5 p.m. ET, Rene has dissipated. Remnants are moving west-northwest with 30 mph winds.

Tropical Storm Teddy

The Bermuda Weather Service dropped the Hurricane Warning that was in effect in Bermuda Monday afternoon and replaced it with a Tropical Storm Warning.

Tropical Storm Teddy, the earliest “T” named storm on record, formed in the Atlantic Monday morning and is forecast to reach hurricane strength later this week, the National Hurricane Center said.

The tropics remain extremely active Monday morning with Teddy, Tropical Storm Sally, Hurricane Paulette, Tropical Depression Rene and Tropical Depression 21 all churning along with another disturbance and a tropical wave that is expected to emerge off the coast of Africa in the coming days.

Paulette strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane as it moved away from Bermuda Monday morning.

Tropical Storm Teddy, the earliest “T” named storm on record, formed in the Atlantic and is forecast to reach hurricane strength later this week, the National Hurricane Center said.

Tropical Storm Teddy

Forecasters say Tropical Depression Twenty strengthened into Tropical Storm Teddy Monday and is expected to become a powerful hurricane later this week.

At 5 a.m., the storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and was about 1,110 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands. It’s moving west-northwest at 14 mph.

The storm is expected to move west-northwest for the next day or two, and turn toward the northwest in the next couple of days as it strengthens into a hurricane.

Teddy has replaced 2005’s Tammy as the earliest “T” storm on record.

Tropical Storm Sally

Sally is nearing the northern Gulf Coast this morning, and is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge, hurricane-force winds and flash flooding to the area later today.

At 5 a.m., the storm had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph and was located about 120 miles east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River. It was moving west-northwest at 9 mph.

Forecasters predict Sally will move over the north-central Gulf today, nearing southeastern Louisiana this afternoon. It’s expected to make landfall in the hurricane warning area on Tuesday, then move slowly north-northeastward near the northern Gulf Coast through Wednesday.

The storm is expected to dump 8 to 16 inches of rain on the central Gulf Coast with isolated amounts of 24 inches.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for:

  • Port Fourchon Louisiana to the Alabama/Florida Border
  • Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Lake Borgne
  • Mobile Bay

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:

  • Morgan City Louisiana to the Mississippi/Alabama Border
  • Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas including metropolitan New
    Orleans

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • Mississippi/Alabama Border to Indian Pass Florida
  • Intracoastal City Louisiana to west of Morgan City

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

  • Mississippi/Alabama Border to the Alabama/Florida Border

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

  • Indian Pass to Ochlockonee River Florida

Hurricane Paulette

Paulette is battering Bermuda with hurricane-force winds and torrential rain.

At 5 a.m., the entire island was inside the eye of the storm, which has maximum sustained winds of 90 mph.

The storm is moving west-northwest at 12 mph, and should pass over Bermuda sometime in the next couple of hours.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Bermuda.

Tropical Depression Rene

Forecasters say Rene is hanging on as a tropical depression this morning.

At 5 a.m., the storm had maximum sustained winds of 30 mph and was 1,115 miles northeast of the Leeward Islands.

Tropical Storm Vick

The tropical depression which formed this morning has strengthen into a tropical storm over the far eastern tropical Atlantic, but is expected to be short-lived, the NHC said.

At 11 a.m., the depression was located about 330 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. It was moving north west at 6 mph.

Other areas to watch

Forecasters are also watching an area of low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico and a tropical wave that’s about to emerge off Africa.

The first disturbance, located over the west-central Gulf of Mexico, is producing limited shower activity and has a low 10 percent chance of development in the next five days.

The NHC is also monitoring a tropical wave near the west coast of Africa. The wave is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms and has a 40% chance of developing in the next five days.

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