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Latest: Sally now Slows Down to Category 1 by Increasing Risk of Historic Flooding


Hurricane Sally is now a category 1 hurricane of 85 mph (137 kph), crept toward the northern Gulf Coast early Tuesday as forecasters warned of potentially deadly storm surges and flash floods with up to 2 feet (.61 meters) of rain and the possibility of tornadoes.

The Category 1 storm has slowed as it approaches the Gulf Coast. As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, it was traveling northwest at 2 mph, with sustained winds of 85 mph.

Hurricane Sally is likely to produce extreme life-threatening flash flooding through Wednesday along and just inland of the central Gulf Coast from the western Florida Panhandle to far southeastern Mississippi, according to National Hurricane Center new updates.

Historic flooding is possible from Sally with extreme life- Threatening flash flooding likely through Wednesday along portions of the Northern Gulf Coast, according to National Hurricane Center.

The hurricane warning that had been in place from the Mouth of the Pearl River westward to Grand Isle including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and metropolitan New Orleans has been replaced with a tropical storm warning. A tropical storm warning that had been in place west of Grand Isle has been discontinued.

A storm surge warning is in effect from the mouth of the Mississippi River to the Okaloosa/Walton County border in Florida.

President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Monday as the storm approached.

 The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP), stopped loading tanker ships on Sunday, while the port of New Orleans closed on Monday as a precautions to the Sally threats.

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