MANDATORY EVACUATIONS in NEW ORLEANS as Hurricane SALLY STRENGTHENS-UPDATE…CAT 2 NOW!

Residents along the Gulf Coast are under hurricane and tropical storm warnings on Monday as a “rapidly” strengthening Hurricane Sally takes aim at the region.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami said midday Monday that hurricane hunters have found that Sally has “rapidly strengthened” to a hurricane.

Sally is located about 125 miles east-southeast of the mouth of Mississippi River, moving west-northwest at 7 mph with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph. The storm underwent a 20 mph increase in windspeed from an 11 a.m. to noon advisory.

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Sally will make landfall Monday night into the overnight hours as a hurricane somewhere in southeast Louisiana. A hurricane warning is in effect from Morgan City, La., to the Alabama and Florida border as well as Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas, including metropolitan New Orleans.

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