Tropical Storm Sally socks Florida; heads for NOLA
Tropical Storm Sally has soaked South and Central Florida with between 3 and 7 inches of rainfall as it slowly moves is way into the upper portions of the Gulf of Mexico.
The storm, which is loosely organized at present is expected to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane by Monday, moving towards the west, northwest at 12 miles per hour. Officials expect it to further strengthen into a Category 2 hurricane by the time it makes landfall early Monday morning.
Authorities are expecting high winds, storm surge and street flooding as a result of the storm. Rainfall predictions suggest at least 3 inches and as much as 7 inches with even more heavy downpours in selected areas.
Storm surge, if it is coupled with high tide, could bring as much as raised water levels from 7-10 feet above normal.
Jefferson Parish officials have called for mandatory evacuations for Grand Isle and the lower portions of the parish which are not provided levee protection. Likewise, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has ordered that areas such as Venetian Isles and Lake Catherine outside of levee protection must be evacuated as well.
Sewerage and Water Board officials state that all available pumps are working at capacity at present. The loss of Turbine 5 in December still has caused concern for city officials, who have consulted