5AM Tropical Storm Sally Public Advisory

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This Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 image provided by NOAA shows the formation of Tropical Storm Sally. Tropical Storm Sally has formed off south Florida, becoming the earliest 18th-named tropical storm on record in a busy Atlantic hurricane season. (NOAA via AP)

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Tropical Storm Sally Advisory Number   7
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL192020
500 AM EDT Sun Sep 13 2020

...SALLY STRENGTHENING...
...HURRICANE AND STORM SURGE WARNINGS ISSUED FOR PORTIONS OF THE 
NORTHERN GULF COAST...


SUMMARY OF 500 AM EDT...0900 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...27.0N 84.0W
ABOUT 115 MI...190 KM W OF PORT CHARLOTTE FLORIDA
ABOUT 345 MI...550 KM ESE OF THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...50 MPH...85 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 300 DEGREES AT 13 MPH...20 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1001 MB...29.56 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

A Storm Surge Warning has been issued from Port Fourchon Louisiana
to Mississippi/Alabama Border.

A Hurricane Warning has been issued from Grand Isle Louisiana
northeast to Ocean Springs Mississippi, including New Orleans, 
Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.

A Hurricane Watch has been issued from east of Morgan City
Louisiana to west of Grand Isle.

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued from east of Ocean Springs
Mississippi to Indian Pass Florida.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...
* Port Fourchon Louisiana to the Mississippi/Alabama Border
* Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Lake Borgne

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* Grand Isle Louisiana to Ocean Springs Mississippi
* Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas including metropolitan New
Orleans

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for...
* Mississippi/Alabama Border to the Alabama/Florida Border

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...
* East of Ocean Springs to the Alabama/Florida Border

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* East of Ocean Springs to Indian Pass

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* Indian Pass to Ochlockonee River Florida

A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening 
inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, 
during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations. For a depiction 
of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm 
Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov.  This is a 
life-threatening situation.  Persons located within these areas 
should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from 
rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions.  
Promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local 
officials.

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected 
somewhere within the warning area.  A warning is typically issued 
36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of 
tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside 
preparations difficult or dangerous.  Preparations to protect life 
and property should be rushed to completion.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-
threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the
coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.
For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather
Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at
hurricanes.gov.

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible
within the watch area.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are
possible within the watch area, in this case within 12 to 24 hours.

For storm information specific to your area, including possible
inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your
local National Weather Service forecast office.


DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
----------------------
At 500 AM EDT (0900 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Sally was 
located near latitude 27.0 North, longitude 84.0 West. Sally is 
moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h), and a 
west-northwestward or northwestward motion is expected through 
Monday. A decrease in forward speed and a turn toward the north- 
northwest is forecast on Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center 
of Sally will move over the southeastern and eastern Gulf of Mexico 
today, move over the north-central Gulf of Mexico tonight and 
Monday, and approach the north-central Gulf Coast within the 
hurricane watch area late Monday and Tuesday.

Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum 
sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher 
gusts.  Further strengthening is expected over the next couple of 
days, and Sally is forecast to become a hurricane on Monday, with 
some additional strengthening possible through early Tuesday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km)
from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1001 mb (29.56 inches).


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
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Key messages for Sally can be found in the Tropical Cyclone
Discussion under AWIPS header MIATCDAT4 and WMO header WTNT44 KNHC.

STORM SURGE:  The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the
tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by
rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.  The water could
reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated
areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide...

Mouth of the Mississippi River to Ocean Springs including Lake 
Borgne...7-11 ft
Port Fourchon to Mouth of the Mississippi River...4-7 ft
Ocean Springs to MS/AL Border...4-7 ft
Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas...4-6 ft
MS/AL Border to AL/FL Border including Mobile Bay...2-4 ft
AL/FL Border to Chassahowitzka including Pensacola Bay, 
Choctawhatchee Bay, and Saint Andrew Bay...1-3 ft

The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast near and to
the right of the landfall location, where the surge will be
accompanied by large and damaging waves.  Surge-related flooding
depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle,
and can vary greatly over short distances.  For information
specific to your area, please see products issued by your local
National Weather Service forecast office.

WIND:  Hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area 
starting late Monday, with hurricane conditions possible within 
the hurricane watch area by early Tuesday. Tropical storm 
conditions are possible within the watch area by Monday, and within 
the warning area late Monday.

RAINFALL:  Tropical Storm Sally is expected to produce additional 
rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches with isolated amounts of 6 inches 
across southern and central Florida through Monday. This rainfall 
will produce flash and urban flooding and prolong high flows and 
ongoing minor flooding on rivers across Central Florida.

Tropical Storm Sally is expected to produce rainfall amounts of 6 to 
12 inches with isolated amounts of 20 inches over portions of the 
Central Gulf Coast between the western Florida Panhandle and far 
southeast Louisiana from Monday into the middle of the week. 
Rainfall of 4 to 8 inches is possible farther inland over portions 
of Mississippi and Alabama. Sally is expected to be a slow moving 
system resulting in significant flash flooding near the Central Gulf 
Coast through the middle of the week. Flash, urban and rapid onset 
flooding along small streams, and minor to isolated major flooding 
on rivers is likely. 

SURF:  Swells will spread northward along the west-central coast of
Florida and reach the Florida Panhandle and the northern Gulf Coast
during the next couple of days.  These swells are likely to cause
life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.  Please consult
products from your local weather office.


NEXT ADVISORY
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Next intermediate advisory at 800 AM EDT.
Next complete advisory at 1100 AM EDT.

$$
Forecaster Blake

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