Sally expected to strike Gulf Coast with hurricane force
Edwards urged people to prepare for the storm immediately. He also said there are still many from southwestern Louisiana who evacuated from Hurricane Laura into New Orleans — exactly the area that could be hit by Sally, which is a slow moving storm.“Based on all of the available information, we have every reason to believe this storm represents a significant threat,” he said, adding that the coronavirus adds a layer of complexity to storm preparations.There are still some 5,400 members of the state’s National Guard mobilized from Laura, and they will assist with Sally.In Mandeville, a city about 35 miles north of New Orleans, resident Chris Yandle has purchased a week’s worth of groceries and moved all his patio furniture into his family’s house and shed in preparation for the storm.“I’m mostly trying to stay calm — especially with a family of four and a dog to worry about,” Yandle said. “I’ve lived through many hurricanes growing up in Louisiana, but I haven’t felt this anxious about a hurricane in my life.”Mississippi officials warned that the storm was expected to coincide with high tide, leading to significant storm surge.“It needs to be understood by all of our friends in the coastal region and in south Mississippi that if you live in low-lying areas, the time to get out is early tomorrow morning,” Gov. Tate Reeves said late Sunday.
Tropical Storm Sally expected to strengthen as it moves toward New Orleans by Catherine Garcia
Tropical Storm Sally pounded south Florida with heavy rain on Saturday before moving into the Gulf of Mexico, and forecasters believe that by Tuesday morning, Sally could hit near New Orleans as a Category 2 hurricane.
The storm is strengthening as it crosses the Gulf of Mexico, and as of Sunday night has sustained winds of 60 mph, CNN reports. Hurricane warnings have been issued for parts of Louisiana and Mississippi, where storm surges of up to 11 feet are possible. Forecasters also say some areas between southeast Louisiana and the western Florida Panhandle could see extreme rainfall of more than 12 inches.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) declared a state of emergency on Saturday, and said on Sunday while he does not yet know where Sally will make landfall, „we have every reason to believe that this storm represents a very significant threat to the people of southeast Louisiana.” Sally is the 18th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season; the average for a season is 12.
Meteorologists say that the storm is a slow mover and looks as if it will strengthen once it makes landfall
Just a couple weeks after Hurricane Laura ripped through areas in the Southern Gulf Coast, the region faces the threat of another storm.
The National Hurricane Center currently points Hurricane Sally’s track to southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi with potential impacts to New Orleans and its surrounding areas.
Local government leaders are urging residents along the storm’s track to make necessary preparations for strong winds, heavy rains and the chance of a storm surge.
Meteorologists say that the storm is a slow mover and looks as if it will strengthen once it makes landfall sometime between late Monday night into early Tuesday morning.
Currently, the City of New Orleans is working hard to make sure drainage pumps are fully operational. This weekend two out of 99 pumps were down. Sewerage and Water Board workers fixed one of the pumps Saturday night and plans to have the other drainage pump back online on Sunday.
A couple weeks ago, residents in Louisiana near Lake Charles dealt with the devastating effects of Hurricane Laura.
The powerful storm claimed the lives of 16 people as it left a trail of destruction in southwest Louisiana. More than half of those who died were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning from the unsafe operation of generators.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Hurricane Laura was the most powerful hurricane to strike the state, even surpassing Katrina, which was a Category 3 storm when it hit 15 years ago.
Simply driving was a feat in Lake Charles. Power lines and trees blocked paths or created one-lane roads, leaving drivers to negotiate with oncoming traffic. The parish sheriff’s office posted an extensive update on their Facebook page of streets that were impassable.
Hurricane Laura also killed nearly two dozen people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic en route to the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Associated Press journalists Gerald Herbert, Nomaan Merchant, Melinda Deslatte in Baton Rouge, Rebecca Santana in New Orleans and Ellen Knickmeyer in Oklahoma City contributed to this report.
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- Oregon Fire Marshal Jim Walker resigned on Saturday after Oregon State Police placed him on paid administrative leave earlier that day.
- While the state police did not give a reason for his leave, sources close to the situation say the police chief lost confidence in Walker’s ability to handle the wildfire crisis in Oregon.
- Walker’s replacement will be former Chief Deputy Mariana Ruiz-Temple.
- Oregon’s unprecedented wildfire season has already killed ten people and left dozens missing. Over 10% of the state is under an evacuation order or alert, and the state is preparing for a „mass fatality incident”
- This year’s historic wildfire season can be tied to climate change, and may have lasting economic impacts across the West Coast.
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Oregon Fire Marshal Jim Walker resigned on Saturday, Oregon Live first reported.
The Oregon State Police announced on Saturday that Walker had been put on paid administrative leave. His resignation followed just hours later.
The state police did not say give a reason for Walker’s leave, but a source familiar with the situation told Oregon Live that Superintendent Travis Hampton „lost confidence” in Walker’s ability to lead the department against the wildfires. Chief Deputy Mariana Ruiz-Temple will take Walker’s place at the head of the Office of State Fire Marshal.
„Mariana is assuming this position as Oregon is in an unprecedented crisis which demands an urgent response,” Hampton said in a press release. „This response and the circumstances necessitated a leadership change. I have the absolute confidence in Mariana to lead OSFM operations through this critical time.”
The wildfire situation in Oregon is becoming increasingly dire. Ten people have died, 40,000 have evacuated, and at least 500,000, or more than 10% of Oregon’s total population, are under an evacuation alert.
Dozens of people remain missing, and the state is preparing for a „mass fatality incident,” Oregon’s emergency management director, Andrew Phelps, told reporters on Friday.
The 2020 wildfire season has already scorched 3 million acres across California, Oregon, and Washington, and is already far more severe than the 2019 wildfire season. Scientists say the increased severity of the wildfire season is strongly tied to climate change, according to the New York Times.
Economists say 2020’s historic wildfire season may result in lasting economic consequences for the entire West Coast. Long-term air pollution at current levels would be a drastic hit to worker productivity, Matthew Khan, a Bloomberg distinguished professor of economics and business at Johns Hopkins University and a provost professor of Economics at the University of Southern California, told Business Insider on Saturday.
Air quality in Portland is currently the worst in the world. Other West Coast cities like Seattle, Vancouver, and San Francisco rank closely behind.
Khan also said that the wildfires may result in brain drain for Silicon Valley and other major economic hubs on the West Coast, as workers may perceive these areas to have a decreased quality of life.
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