Sally, formerly Tropical Depression 19, strengthened to a tropical storm at 2 p.m. EDT on Saturday afternoon. As of 5 a.m. EDT Sunday, the storm was centered 115 miles west of Port Charlotte, Florida, and moving west-northwestward at 13 mph. Maximum sustained winds were 50 mph.
AccuWeather meteorologists continue to monitor several features across the Atlantic Basin, including a new tropical storm that is forecast to reach hurricane strength before making landfall along the Gulf Coast.
Sally is now the earliest named “S-Storm” to ever form in the Atlantic Ocean basin, beating out 2005’s Hurricane Stan which was named on October 2.
In less than 24 hours, Sally went from being a mass of showers and thunderstorms east of the Bahamas on Friday afternoon and to a tropical depression on Friday evening, before becoming a tropical storm on Saturday afternoon.
Watches and Warnings
A storm-surge warning has been issued from Port Fourchon, Louisiana, to Mississippi/Alabama Border.
A hurricane warning has been issued from Grand Isle Louisiana,
northeast to Ocean Springs Mississippi, including New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.
A hurricane watch has been issued from east of Morgan City, Louisiana to west of Grand Isle.
A tropical storm warning has been issued from east of Ocean Springs, Mississippi to Indian Pass, Florida.
Summary of Watches and Warnings in Effect:
A storm-surge warning is in effect for:
- Port Fourchon Louisiana to the Mississippi/Alabama Border
- Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Lake Borgne
A hurricane warning is in effect for:
• Grand Isle Louisiana to Ocean Springs Mississippi
• Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas including metropolitan New Orleans
A storm-surge watch is in effect for:
- Mississippi/Alabama Border to the Alabama/Florida Border
A hurricane watch is in effect for:
- East of Ocean Springs to the Alabama/Florida Border
A tropical-storm warning is in effect for:
- East of Ocean Springs to Indian Pass
A tropical-storm watch is in effect for:
- Indian Pass to Ochlockonee River Florida