Sally Bringing Lots of Rain, Flash Flooding Possible
All eyes on the Gulf as Hurricane Sally continues to strengthen. As of this writing, she is a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour. Sally is a slow mover, so there is a chance she could get even stronger before she makes landfall late Tuesday night/Wednesday morning along the Gulf Coast between Louisiana and Florida.
What effect will she have on us?
By Tuesday afternoon, we’ll start the see the rain move in and we can expect it to be pretty consistent through Thursday night/early Friday morning. Our area is looking at 3-6″ of rainfall (locally heavier amounts are possible) which means flash flooding will be a big concern.
We’ll also need to keep monitoring for the possibility of strong to severe storms. Wednesday into Thursday will be the prime time for this to happen. As of now, there is a MARGINAL risk (1 out of 5) for severe storms on Wednesday for central to southern Barbour County. Damaging winds and flooding will be the primary concerns, but cannot rule out some tornado activity.
A cold front will push Sally away from our area as we approach the weekend and will introduce fall like conditions with highs in the 70s, lows in the 60s and less humidity. Nice!
-Chief Meteorologist Miller Robson
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