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More technical information as provided by cdema.org – Tropical Weather Systems.
Current tropical activity report directly from the NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center:
↓ At 6:19 am ↓
…CENTER OF SALLY MOVING SLOWLY NEAR THE ALABAMA/FLORIDA BORDER…
…CATASTROPHIC AND LIFE-THREATENING FLOODING ONGOING ALONG
PORTIONS OF THE NORTH-CENTRAL GULF COAST…
At 9 a.m. CDT, the center of Hurricane Sally was located inland about 20 mies west of Pensacola, Fla. Maximum sustained winds are 85 mph – a category 1 huricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
A wind gust of 77 mph (125 km/h) was recently observed at the Pensacola Naval Air Station, in Pensacola, Florida.
A wind gust of 57 mph (93 km/h) was recently reported at the
Mobile Downtown Airport, in Mobile, Alabama.
A National Ocean Service water level station in Pensacola, Florida, recently reported ABOUT 5.5 feet of inundation above ground level.
SUMMARY OF 900 AM CDT…1400 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 20 MI…30 KM W OF PENSACOLA FLORIDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…85 MPH…140 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NNE OR 25 DEGREES AT 4 MPH…7 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…972 MB…28.70 INCHES
…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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