Hurricane and tropical storm warnings are in effect along the Gulf Coast on Monday morning as Tropical Storm Sally, which is expected to strengthen into a hurricane, approaches.
A storm surge warning is in effect for Port Fourchon Louisiana to the Alabama-Florida Border, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Lake Borgne, as well as Mobile Bay.
Hurricane warnings are in effect for Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Mississippi-Alabama border, as well as for Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas including metropolitan New Orleans.
The storm is expected to strengthen into a hurricane by Monday night before it makes landfall.
“On the forecast track, the center of Sally will move over the north-central Gulf of Mexico today, approach southeastern Louisiana this afternoon, and make landfall in the hurricane warning area on Tuesday. Afterward, Sally is expected to move slowly north-northeastward near the northern Gulf Coast through Wednesday,” the agency said.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Sunday that he requested a federal declaration of emergency in advance of Sally and spoke with President Donald Trump.
“We have every reason to believe that this storm represents a very significant threat to the people of southeast Louisiana,” Bel Edwards said.