Due to Tropical Storm Sally’s expectation of arrival early Tuesday morning on the southeast coast, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency, and New Orleans officials have ordered residents living outside the levee protection system to evacuate.

Officials “have every reason to believe that this storm represents a very significant threat to the people of Southeast Louisiana,” Edwards said, adding he has spoken to President Donald Trump and is submitting a pre-landfall federal declaration request.

This is less than three weeks after Hurricane Laura caused widespread damage on the other side of the state.  As the storm approaches, coastal parts of Gulf states are preparing for heavy rainfall and life-threatening storm surge. Sally’s center, as of Monday morning, was expected to pass east of New Orleans, meaning Mississippi’s Gulfport and Biloxi areas may see the brunt of its winds, rain and 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 days,” the National Hurricane Center warned.

Carrying sustained winds of 65 mph, Sally was about 165 miles southeast of Biloxi on Monday morning.  Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves signed a preliminary state of emergency Sunday.  The storm “is probably going to persist over most portions of the state for basically 48 hours,” he said.

BREAKING NEWS:  At midday the tropical storm Sally has just been updated to a hurricane, about 165 miles southeast of Biloxi, Mississippi. and has veered more east in direction and away from Louisiana.  This will cause more concern in the Alabama and Mississippi coasts.  

According to the National Hurricane Center, hurricane Sally is threatening to make landfall Tuesday as a Category 1 storm.

There will be updates on the progress of the storm as warranted.

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