UPDATE: All warnings lifted as Sally moves eastward
New Orleans residents breathed a collective sigh of relief as area officials lifted the hurricane, tropical storm and flash flood warnings that had been imposed previously. Meanwhile, Hurricane Sally moved ever more eastward toward an eventual Mississippi and Alabama border landfall, probably as a tropical storm tomorrow, while churning the coastline waters and dumping huge volumes of rainwater on the Gulf Coast.
The hurricane warning for Louisiana has been lifted too, although tropical storm force winds will arrive in the city later today as Sally moves slowly toward the northwest at 2 m.p.h. before steering currents are expected to take it into a more north and northeast track on track, dumping historic rain amounts inland.
While the threat to the metropolitan New Orleans area has lessened greatly, residents of the Gulf Coast between Pass Christian and the Florida panhandle are being pummeled by strong winds and constant, unrelenting rain. Downgraded to a Category 1 storm again, Sally will continue to bring rains of up to 18 or more inches and dangerous storm surge of 10 or more feet.
Residents of the north shore are expected to deal with rising water being backed up as the storm moves inland. Coastal areas such as The Rigolets and Irish Bayou, which are outside of levee protection, have reported standing water levels on the rise as well.