Hurricane ‘Sally’ advances through the Gulf of Mexico; historic floods expected

From the National Meteorological Service, they reported that the passage of the cyclone will have effects on the Yucatan Peninsula, Chiapas, and Oaxaca

Hurricane Sally, which remains in category 1, continues its advance through the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico, where its cloud bands will affect the Yucatan Peninsula, Chiapas, and Oaxaca, along with historic floods for the United States, according to the latest report from the National Hurricane Center of that country (NHC for its acronym in English) and the National Meteorological Service (SMN).

Through Twitter, specialists in Mexico keep an eye on the climate phenomenon, which will generate heavy to very strong rains in the Yucatan Peninsula and intense rainfall in Chiapas and Oaxaca, this also due to the passage of a low-pressure channel.

Meanwhile, the NHC expects Sally to generate ” a possible historic flood ,” reaching 60 centimeters in parts of the United States. Hurricane warnings ranged from Grand Isle in Louisiana to Navarre in Florida.

“It is likely to produce life-threatening flash floods inland along the central Gulf Coast from the western Florida Panhandle to the southeastern tip of Mississippi.”

Although specialists emphasized a “significant” uncertainty, they foresee a trajectory to the east, alleviating fears in New Orleans, which was once in Sally’s crosshairs.

It is the second powerful cyclone in less than a month to threaten the region. Its winds dropped to 140 kilometers per hour and this morning it is located 100 kilometers east of the mouth of the Mississippi River, according to the CNH, moving at a slow pace of about 3 kilometers per hour.

“If people live near rivers, streams, and creeks, they should evacuate and go somewhere else ,” said Stacy Stewart, a specialist at the US National Hurricane Center.

Forecasters expect Sally to turn north this afternoon, moving near the southeastern coast of Louisiana later in the day, and then travel slowly north-northeast through Wednesday, with maximum winds of 177 kilometers per hour, almost like a Category 3 hurricane, before making landfall.

The threat of heavy rain and storm surge was compounded by the slow-moving storm, as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared an emergency in westernmost counties that were being hit by rain from Sally’s outer bands.

President Donald Trump issued emergency declarations for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama yesterday, tweeting that residents should listen to state and local leaders.

Source: smn.conagua.gob.mx, milenio.com

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