US braces for Hurricane Sally, ‘States of emergency declared’

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“Hurricane Sally – one of four storms churning simultaneously in the Atlantic – closed in on the US Gulf Coast on Monday as governors declared states of emergency. With Sally bringing rapidly strengthening winds of at least 100mph and heavy rain, forecasters have warned of “potentially historic” flooding.”

“The slow-moving storm was forecast to brush the south-eastern tip of Louisiana and then blow ashore late on Tuesday or early Wednesday near the Mississippi-Alabama border, the National Hurricane Centre said. Hurricane warnings stretched from Morgan City, Louisiana, to Navarre, Florida – a stretch of more than 300 miles,” Independentnews reports.

“President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration for parts of Louisiana and Mississippi on Monday, an action that authorizes federal emergency officials to coordinate disaster relief efforts and provide emergency assistance to the affected areas.”

“Alabama governor Kay Ivey asked the president to do the same for her state after the National Weather Service in the city of Mobile warned of the increasing likelihood of “dangerous and potentially historic flooding”.

 

 

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