By Matt Nicoll
NEW ORLEANS, LA (mocsnews.com)- With a new and vicious storm, Hurricane Sally, approaching the Gulf Coast of the United States, residents from New Orleans, all the way over to Florida, are preparing for the worst. It is not definitive when the storm is going to reach the shore.
A storm crew tracked the increasing winds from the storm, and speculated the storm would reach the shore Tuesday, with a likelihood of flooding most of the whole stretch of the Gulf.
One of the biggest problems is the slow speed of the hurricane. “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 days,” says experts with the National Hurricane Center.
Sally is a very unique storm, because this is only the second time in recorded history where there have been five tropical storms in the ocean simultaneously: Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy and Vicky are all in the waters right now.
Arguably the most concerning aspect of Sally is going to the storm surge. With the storm having a possibility of slowing down tremendously, there will be lots of rainfall, leading to flooding.
Only a few short weeks ago, Hurricane Laura hit the southwestern part of Louisiana, killing 30 people, so many people are saying how Sally should be taken seriously.
“I know for a lot of people this storm seemed to come out of nowhere,” said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards Sunday. “We need everybody to pay attention to this storm. Let’s take this one seriously.”
Some of the forecasters are predicting Sally will produce up to two feet of rain this week along parts of the Gulf.
Officials along the Gulf coast have already made mandatory evacuations, preparing for Sally.