Hurricane Sally strengthens into a Category 2 storm as it inches towards landfall: NHC updates
Hurricane Sally has re-strengthened back into a Category 2 hurricane as the storm approaches landfall, according to the latest update from the NHC.
Sally's maximum sustained winds have strengthened to 100 mph with a sustained wind of 76 mph and a gust of 96 mph was recently reported in the northern eyewall of Sally, which is located 50 miles southeast of MobileAlabama.
An unofficial report of 60 mph wind gusts was recently received from an amateur radio operator in Navarre Beach, Florida, according to the NHC.
Hurricane Sally is currently located 60 miles southwest of Pensacola.
On the forecast track, Sally's center is expected to reach the northern Gulf coast later Wednesday morning.
The eye became a little better defined by 10 p.m. Tuesday and the barometric pressure had dropped again. The hurricane center said Sally could strengthen before landfall, expected around 7 a.m.
Significant flash flooding possible
Sally is expected to bring 10 to 20 inches of rainfall with isolated amounts of up to 30 inches along and just inland of the central Gulf Coast from the western Florida Panhandle to far southeastern Mississippi. Further inland, the NHC predicts 6 to 10 inches of rain, with locally higher amounts of 10-20 inches.
Dauphin Island and Alabama to the Alabama-Florida border, including Mobile Bay is expected to see 4-6 feet of storm surge.
A slow north-northeastward to northeastward motion is expected tonight and through Wednesday night.
Hurricane warnings in effect:
- East of Bay St. Louis, Miss, to Navarre, Fla.
Storm surge warning in effect:
- Mouth of the Mississippi River to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line, and for Mobile Bay.
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Joe Jacquez is a digital producer with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @JoeJacquezAZ.
Jonathan Tully is a digital producer with Gannett Florida. You can find him on Twitter @jtullypbp.