BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Governor John Bel Edwards warned residents of southeast Louisiana to take the threat of Hurricane Sally seriously during a news conference Monday, Sept. 14, even though the storm’s track has shifted to the east.
Gov. Edwards said Sally is projected to make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane either early Tuesday, Sept. 15 in Plaquemines Parish, or early Wednesday, Sept. 16 on the Mississippi coast. He also said there’s a possibility for Sally to make landfall in both locations several hours apart. Some additional strengthening is also possible.
Watch the governor’s full comments in the video below.
Sally will be the second hurricane to impact Louisiana in less than a month after Hurricane Laura devastated the southwest and northern parts of the state Aug. 27.
The governor warned residents of the metro New Orleans area and St. Tammany Parish to be on alert. Gov. Edwards said three to five feet of storm surge is expected in Lake Pontchartrain. He also said flooding would be a concern if a rain band from Hurricane Sally, which is a slow-moving storm, were to stay above the state for an extended period of time.
Gov. Edwards urged residents of southeast Louisiana to pay attention to local news outlets and heed warnings from local officials over the next two days. He also urged all of the state’s residents to continue to practice COVID-19 mitigation measures, such as wearing masks in public, social distancing, frequent hand-washing, and staying home if you are feeling sick.
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