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Evening update on weakening, but very slow moving Tropical Storm Sally….
More technical information as provided by cdema.org – Tropical Weather Systems.
Current tropical activity report directly from the NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center:
↓ At 7:19 pm ↓
…HEAVY RAINS FROM SALLY CONTINUE TO SPREAD NORTHWARD OVER EASTERN ALABAMA AND WESTERN GEORGIA…
…CATASTROPHIC AND LIFE-THREATENING FLOODING CONTINUES OVER PORTIONS OF THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE AND SOUTHERN ALABAMA…
The Storm Surge Warning from the Alabama/Florida state line to the Walton/Bay County Florida line is discontinued. Water levels remain elevated along the Florida Panhandle coast but will continue to recede during the next several hours.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from the Okaloosa / Walton County Florida line eastward to Indian Pass, Florida
Tropical storm conditions will continue in portions of the warning area this evening. A few tornadoes may occur tonight across portions of northern Florida and southern Georgia. The threat of tornadoes will shift northeastward into parts of eastern Georgia and much of the Carolinas on Thursday.
Sally has produced storm totals of 10 to 20 inches, with isolated amounts of 30-35 inches, across the central Gulf Coast from the Florida Panhandle west of Tallahassee to Mobile Bay, Alabama. Historic and catastrophic flooding, including widespread moderate to major river flooding, will continue across this region. Additional rainfall of 1 to 4 inches is possible across the Florida Panhandle from Tallahassee to the Apalachicola River. For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office www.weather.gov
At 7 p.m. CDT, the center of Tropical Storm Sally was located inland about 70 miles (110 km) west-northwest of Dothan, AL. Sally is moving toward the northeast near 7 mph (11 km/h), On the forecast track, the center of Sally will move across southeastern Alabama tonight, over central Georgia on Thursday, and move over South Carolina Thursday night.
Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km) from the center. Additional weakening is expected as the center moves farther inland tonight, and Sally is forecast to become a tropical depression tonight.
The next complete advisory will be issued by NHC at 10 p.m. CDT – www.hurricanes.gov
…HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS SPREADING INLAND OVER SOUTHEASTERN ALABAMA AND THE WESTERN PORTION OF THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE…
…CATASTROPHIC AND LIFE-THREATENING FLOODING LIKELY ALONG PORTIONS OF THE NORTH-CENTRAL GULF COAST…
At 8 a.m. CDT, the center of Hurricane Sally was located inland about 20 miles (30 km) north-northeast of Gulf Shores, AL., and about 25 miles (40 km) west of Pensacola, FL. Maximum sustained winds are 90 mph – a category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
A wind gust of 81 mph (130 km/h) has been observed at the Pensacola Naval Air Station, in Pensacola, Florida within the past hour.
A wind gust of 74 mph (120 km/h) has been reported at the Mobile Downtown Airport, in Mobile, Alabama, within the past hour or so.
SUMMARY OF 800 AM CDT…1300 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 20 MI…30 KM NNE OF GULF SHORES ALABAMA
ABOUT 25 MI…40 KM W OF PENSACOLA FLORIDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…90 MPH…150 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NNE OR 20 DEGREES AT 3 MPH…6 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…970 MB…28.64 INCHES
La Niña is officially declared as the cause of such an active hurricane season this year, with names running out soon. Right now, there are four major tropical areas: Tropical Storm Paulette, Tropical Depression Rene, Tropical Storm Sally, and tropical disturbance number twenty. With two unnumbered disturbances, the Atlantic is one under the theoretical maximum saturation of disturbances possible as per Dr. Gnanadesikan, if they all were to turn into hurricanes at the same time. Nonetheless, this is a very active season, considering it started off quietly and with dust plumes in June and July.
Sharing safety measures from my previous 2018 blog post: Tips For Playing it Safe During a Hurricane: Here Comes Florence!
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