Hurricane Sally threatens the United States with deadly floods

(New Orleans) Hurricane Sally approached the southeastern United States on Tuesday, threatening several states with “historic” and potentially fatal floods, US weather services warned.

Posted on Sep 15, 2020 at 9:45 am

Gianrigo MARLETTA with Camille CAMDESSUS in Washington
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President Donald Trump urged residents of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi to be extremely careful in the face of this “extremely dangerous” climate episode, which he described as “under control”.

“We’re watching it very closely,” he said.

With wind speeds of up to 140 km / h, Sally is a Category 1 hurricane with an increasing scale of 5.

It could land on Tuesday evening.

The National Hurricane Center warned in its latest bulletin Tuesday morning about the risk of tornadoes in Florida and Alabama.

“Historical floods are to be feared with potentially fatal floods,” warned the Miami-based center.

The eye of the hurricane was located 170 km east of the coastal city of Biloxi, Mississippi, at 8 a.m.

“Make preparations. Secure your things. Check the weather reports, have a hurricane kit ready, and stock up on groceries for three or four days, ”advised Mayor Andrew Gilich.

The names are running out

New Orleans, which was traumatized by the devastating passage of Hurricane Katrina fifteen years ago, is also one of the areas at risk.

“Be smart and be careful,” urged John Bel Edwards, Louisiana Governor. His state is still absorbing damage from Category 4 Hurricane Laura, which hit at least ten people and killed four in neighboring Texas two weeks ago, peaking at nearly 150 mph.

Laura, one of the most violent to attack the area, had plunged its residents into scenes of desolation that are unfortunately now common. In Lake Charles, a town known for its oil refineries, the area’s main economic resource, there were trees and power lines on the ground, collapsed buildings, torn roofs, roads that were flooded or covered with rubble …

As the surface of the oceans warms, hurricanes are getting stronger, according to scientists who predict an increase in the proportion of Category 4 and 5 cyclones.

Paulette, René, Teddy and Vicky: With Hurricane Sally, there are currently no fewer than five storms over the Atlantic Basin, a record since 1971.

This year there have been so many tropical storms in the Atlantic that the UN that names them has run out of first names for the second time in history.

“We have to act for the climate. Now, ”urged Joe Biden, the November Democratic presidential candidate. On Monday, Barack Obama’s former Vice President accused his rival Donald Trump of being a “climate arsonist” for denying the reality of climate change.

The US weather services had predicted that the hurricane season in the Atlantic, which runs from June 1 to November 30, with 7 to 11 hurricanes, will be extremely “active” and worse than expected.