Tropical Storm Sally walked away from South Florida, but continues to rain heavy along the southwestern coast of the state as it heads north to the Gulf of Mexico where it will arrive turned into a hurricane.
Chaos unleashed by the storm sally
Storm Sally is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 1 to 3 inches with isolated amounts of up to 6 inches in south and central Florida through Monday, which can cause flash flooding, the National Hurricane Center (CNH) warned Sunday.
In sectors of the Gulf of Mexico, between West Florida Panhandle and southeastern Louisiana, it will dump 6 to 12 inches of rain from Monday, with isolated 20-inch accumulated.
Storm Sally increased her sustained maximum winds from 60 miles per hour (95 km/h) and will cause storm surges along Florida’s central west coast and panhandle over the next few days.
“Tropical Storm Sally will continue to drive away from South Florida during the day. However, the chances of rain will continue until early next week before returning to our typical summer weather”
The Miami National Weather Service said.
The CNH reported that storm Sally will continue to gain intensity and is predicted to become Monday the seventh hurricane of the season in the Atlantic.
It was located on Sunday afternoon at 165 miles (265 km) south of Panama City and 215 miles (345 km) east southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River.
Sep 13: Tropical Storm Sally will continue push away from South Florida through the day. However, elevated rain chances will continue into early next week before returning to our typical summertime weather. #Flwx pic.twitter.com/SvwM46GQhM
— NWS Miami (@NWSMiami) September 13, 2020
Hurricane surveillance is in place for the Alabama-Florida, Mississippi-Louisiana border, including the New Orleans metropolitan area.
Tropical storm surveillance is maintained from Indian Pass to the Ochlockonee River, Florida.
Cyclone surge surveillance is in place for the Mississippi-Alabama border and the Alabama-Florida border.
VERY ACTIVE ATLANTIC
Hurricane Paulette has strengthened further in the Atlantic and now has sustained maximum winds of 80 mph (130 km/h) that could begin to hit Bermuda on Sunday.
“It is predicted to intensify and be a dangerous hurricane as it approaches Bermuda late on Sunday night and Monday. It may gain more intensity”
Meanwhile, tropical depression number 20 will turn into a tropical storm and has the potential to “become a powerful hurricane in the mid-Atlantic” on Tuesday.
#Paulette is now a #hurricane – the 6th of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season to date. Seven other years in the satellite era (since 1966) have had 6+ Atlantic hurricanes by September 12: 1980, 1995, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2012, and 2017. pic.twitter.com/x2eCAZ9EOK
— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) September 13, 2020
The system has maximum winds of 35 mph (55 km/h) and was located 940 miles (1,510 km) west southwest of the Cape Verde Islands and 1,600 miles (2,570 km) east of the Lesser Antilles.
Tropical depression will cause large waves affecting the Lesser Antilles and the northeastern coast of South America on Wednesday.
The CNH also reported that the René tropical depression will be transformed on Monday into remnants of low atmospheric pressure.
It is located 1,160 miles (1,870 km) east northeast of the Lesser Antilles with maximum winds of 30 mph (45 km/h).
And two tropical waves formed. One of them is hundreds of miles west of Cape Verde that is 70% likely to turn into a tropical depression before moving over cold water on Tuesday.
The other is predicted to move off the west coast of Africa with gradual development as it enters the eastern Atlantic. Has a 30% chance of training.
Meteorologists reported that the tropical wave located in the western center of the Gulf of Mexico is also 20% likely to develop.