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14 September, 2020

Tropical Update - Tropical Storm Sally 13th September

Tropical Storm Sally is in the western Gulf of Mexico, and is moving slowly WNW at 9 mph (14 kmh).

Sally is expected to become a hurricane within the next 24 hours, and make landfall near New Orleans Louisiana by Tuesday afternoon. Some local officials are expecting a possible category 2 hurricane.

Rainfall totals in Florida over the weekend were over 9 inches (22 cm). However Louisiana could see up to 20 inches (50 cm) in some areas as Sally makes landfall.

Sally is the 18th named storm of the record breaking 2020 hurricane season.

Port Conditions

The port of New Orleans is now PORT CONDITION YANKEE.

The following was issued for Mobile Alabama

The USCG Sector Mobile COTP has targeted 1200 hrs., Monday, Sept. 14 to set PORT STATUS ZULU for the Port of Mobile westward.  Look for an MSIB sometime tomorrow morning.  Because of the rain and localized flooding risks, the Alabama State Port Authority will discontinue cargo deliveries and receipts at 0600 hrs., Monday September 14. The schedule allows us to complete terminal preparations.  The sea state offshore at this writing is at 6.5 ft. and climbing.  The Pilots are planning to end vessel transits around 1800 hrs. this evening.  As conditions evolve, we will post additional information as it becomes available. 

Hurricane Port Condition YANKEE means condition set when weather advisories indicate that sustained gale force winds (39-54 mph/34-47 knots) from a tropical or hurricane force storm are predicted to make landfall at the port within 24 hours.

Hurricane Port Condition ZULU means condition set when weather advisories indicate that sustained gale force winds (39-54 mph/34-47 knots) from a tropical or hurricane force storm are predicted to make landfall at the port within 12 hours.

The NHS has issued the following watches and warnings:

...SALLY FORECAST TO STRENGTHEN AND SLOW DOWN...

...LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE, HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS, AND HEAVY RAINFALL EXPECTED ALONG PORTIONS OF THE NORTHERN GULF COAST STARTING ON MONDAY...


SUMMARY OF 700 PM CDT...0000 UTC...INFORMATION

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LOCATION...27.9N 86.2W

ABOUT 160 MI...260 KM S OF PANAMA CITY FLORIDA

ABOUT 195 MI...315 KM ESE OF THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...60 MPH...95 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 295 DEGREES AT 9 MPH...15 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...996 MB...29.41 INCHES

 

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

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SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:


A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...

* Port Fourchon Louisiana to the Mississippi/Alabama Border

* Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Lake Borgne

 

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...

* Morgan City Louisiana to Ocean Springs Mississippi

* Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas including metropolitan New Orleans

 

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for...

* Mississippi/Alabama Border to the Alabama/Florida Border

 

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...

* East of Ocean Springs to the Alabama/Florida Border

 

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

* East of Ocean Springs to Indian Pass

* Intracoastal City Louisiana to west of Morgan City

 

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...

* Indian Pass to Ochlockonee River Florida