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Hurricane Sally on its way to hit the southeastern United States overnight

(New Orleans) Hurricane Sally should land in the southeastern United States from Tuesday to Wednesday overnight, threatening several states with “historic” and potentially fatal floods, US weather services warn.

Posted on Sep 15, 2020 at 9:45 am Updated at 7:28 pm

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 with this “extremely dangerous” climate episode, which he described as “under control”.

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

According to the latest bulletin from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) at 5:00 p.m. PST, Sally carried winds at speeds of up to 130 mph, making it a Category 1 hurricane on a scale that counts. 5.

It has weakened slightly compared to previous readings, but weather services and authorities continued to urge the population to prepare for the worst.

“Make preparations. Secure your things. Check out the weather reports, have a hurricane kit ready, and stock it up for three or four days, ”said Andrew Gilich, mayor of the coastal city of Biloxi, Mississippi.

“Historical floods are to be feared with potentially fatal floods,” warned the NHC.

The eye of the hurricane was located 135 km south of the coastal city of Mobile, Alabama, at 5 p.m. PT.

The names are running out

Further west in Louisiana, New Orleans, which was still traumatized by the devastating passage of Hurricane Katrina 15 years ago, is also one of the areas at risk.

“Be smart and careful,” urged Governor John Bel Edwards.

His state is still absorbing damage from Category 4 Hurricane Laura, which peaked nearly 150 mph two weeks ago, killing at least ten people and four in neighboring Texas.

Laura, one of the worst hurricanes to ever hit the region, had plunged its residents into scenes of devastation that are unfortunately now common.

Lake Charles, a town known for its oil refineries, the area’s main economic resource, saw trees and power lines on land, collapsed buildings, torn roofs, streets 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, would be extremely “active” with 7 to 11 hurricanes.

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