/Coast residents remain on edge as slow-moving Hurricane Sally tracks eastward

Coast residents remain on edge as slow-moving Hurricane Sally tracks eastward

The storm was expected to hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s western shores on Tuesday morning, just hours before it arrived. On Monday night, however, the storm stopped due south of Mobile in Alabama and is now expected to make landfall in Alabama. This will spare Mississippi from some of its most severe winds and heavy rainfall. Governor Tate Reeves stated, “It would not take much over the next 12-18 hours for it to tick west, and I would not be surprised if it ticks west.” Tate Reeves stated Tuesday afternoon. “It’s really moving back and forth, and it’s not very far from the Mississippi-Alabama to the Harrison County–Jackson County lines.” LATEST – Check the National Hurricane Center for the most recent forecasts. PHOTOS – Mississippi Gulf Coast prepares for Hurricane Sally. Despite the change in course, the storm is moving at a snail’s speed of 2 miles an hour and could dump up to 15 inches of rain in easternmost Jackson County. It also has the potential to drop 10 inlets throughout Jackson and George counties. Some parts of Alabama and Florida could receive as much as 30 inches of rainfall. Mississippi Gulf Coast residents were able to stay put on Tuesday as the storm moved eastward, thanks to forecasts. Many businesses closed on Tuesday, including large chains of grocery stores and all 12 casinos along the Coast. Storm surge caused flooding in low-lying areas of several roads across the Gulf Coast counties on Tuesday. Local and state officials closed roads along the Coast in all three county. The storm is expected to make landfall Wednesday morning at 9 a.m., and could cause coastal flooding. Reeves stated that they will continue to monitor the storm and pray for the best case scenario. Reeves declared an emergency Monday and President Trump accepted the request for a federal declaration of emergency. Reeves stated that this allowed the state to place National Guard and other disaster and rescue teams before the storm hits. Reeves stated that the state had shelters open on Tuesday. He said more than 120 people were in shelters, with six in Stone County’s special medical needs shelter. To support this important work, you can make a regular donation to us today as part of the Spring Member Drive.