Tropical Storm Sally takes aim at Louisiana, still recovering weeks after Hurricane Laura

Tropical Storm Sally is expected to hit the southeast coast of Louisiana as a Category 1 hurricane Tuesday morning, less than three weeks after Hurricane Laura caused widespread damage.

Gobernador de Luisiana. John Bel Edwards declared a declarado estado de emergencia, and New Orleans officials have ordered residents to evacuate.
As the storm approaches, states on the southern coast are preparing for heavy rainfall and life-threatening storm surge.
The bottom line continues to be that Sally is expected to be a dangerous slow-moving hurricane near the coast of southeastern Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama during the next 2-3 dias,” the National Hurricane Center warned.
    Edwards said that theyhave every reason to believe that this storm represents a very significant threat to the people of Southeast Louisiana.Edwards said that he has spoken to President Donald Trump and is submitting a pre-landfall federal declaration pedido.

    Gobernador de Mississippi. Tate Reeves, who signed a preliminary state of emergency Sunday, warned the stormis probably going to persist over most portions of the state for basically 48 hours.

    Louisiana still recovering from Laura

    Sally comes just weeks after Hurricane Laura made landfall as a Category 4, causing widespread flooding and damage in the southwest part of the state.
    Laura, which left six people dead statewide, tied with a hurricane from more than 150 hace años que, as the strongest storm to strike the state of Louisiana.
    La tormenta destroyed power grids in the state and repairs were anticipated to take weeks, si no meses, to complete, los funcionarios dijeron.
    Más que 70,000 people remain without power in the state following Laura, de acuerdo a At the peak, más que 800,000 customers were without power.
    FEMA has approved assistance for 21 parishes in the state impacted by Laura, de acuerdo a presione soltar issued Sunday by the governor’s office.

    Mandatory evacuations ordered across Louisiana

    Mandatory evacuations have been issued for several parishes, including Orleans, where New Orleans is located.
    Some evacuations, including those in New Orleans for areas outside of the levee protection, were scheduled to go into effect at 6 pm. hora local (7 pm. Y) domingo.
    Venetian Isles, Lake Catherine and Irish Bayou, which are not protected by the levee, could see storm surge between 7 a 11 feet during Sally, NOLA Ready said in a Pío.
    New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Sunday that the city is preparing for Tropical Storm Sally by distributing sandbags, getting pumps fully operational and signing an emergency declaration.
    Collin Arnold, director of the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, cautioned residents about the severity of the storm during the press conference Sunday.
    This is potentially going to be a Category 2 hurricane impacting the greater area in the city of New Orleans,” Arnold warned. “You should be gathering your emergency supplies, three daysworth.
    A mandatory evacuation has also been ordered in St. Charles Parish, which is home to more than 52,000 residents and located on the banks of the Mississippi in Southeast Louisiana.
    This is a storm everyone needs to take seriously. We are likely to see tropical storm force and hurricane strength winds for longer than Hurricane Katrina, a storm surge of 4-7 feet and the possibility of 20 inches of rain,” S t. Charles Parish President Matthew Jewell announced Sunday on the official Facebook page of St. Charles Parish. “We want residents to heed our warnings and make preparations to leave now.
    Plaquemines Parish, where the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico, announced on Twitter Sunday that a mandatory evacuation would be ordered forthe entire East Bank of Plaquemines Parish and on the West Bank from Phillips 66 Alliance Refinery to Venice.Plaquemines Parish also announced a voluntary evacuationfrom the community of Oakville to Phillips 66 Alliance Refinery.
    Grand Isle is also under mandatory evacuation due to Sally and a mandatory evacuation notice has gone out to the community of Port Fourchon.
    At least one nursing home has already started evacuating their residents, Edwards said.
    Three jails have also evacuated a total of 1,200 presos, Edwards said.

    Mississippi still assessing risk

    Reeves said Sunday the state is working to make decisions on possible mandatory evacuations depending on changes in the weather in the coming hours.
      Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey also warned residents to stay vigilant during the storm expected to hit neighboring states.
      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,” Ivey said Sunday. “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.

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