Sally strengthens into hurricane as it nears Gulf Coast

Hurricane Sally, upgraded from a tropical storm on Monday, strengthened as it barreled through the Gulf of Mexico toward the central Gulf Coast.

Sally’s top sustained winds reached 100 miles per hour on Monday before weakening to 90 mph overnight.

The slow-moving storm is expected to make landfall late Tuesday in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, or the tip of the Florida Panhandle.

Forecasters warned the storm could drop up to 24 inches of rain over parts of the region over the next few days, with a potentially life-threatening storm surge of up to 11 feet in some areas.

Sally is approaching as Louisiana is still recovering from Hurricane Laura at the peak of the 2020 hurricane season.

There are now five active tropical cyclones in the Atlantic region for only the second time on record.

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