Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (D) declared a state of emergency Saturday as the state prepares for tropical storm Sally.
Edwards said in a statement Saturday Sally is expected to strengthen herself in a hurricane that could bring down the earth in Louisiana on Monday morning.
“While we don’t know where Sally will ultimately land, much of southeastern Louisiana is in the cone of the storm and the risk of tropical storm force or hurricane force continues to increase,” Edwards said.
Today I declared a state of emergency in advance of tropical storm Sally, which is expected to strengthen into a hurricane that could hit Louisiana as early as Monday morning. https://t.co/buDcsF1WmK #lagov #lawx
– John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) 12 September 2020
Tropical storm Sally formed off the coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Sally comes in the wake of Hurricane Laura, which hit Louisiana as a Category 4 storm in late August, killing at least 28 people.
“Just two weeks ago, Louisiana took a devastating blow when Hurricane Laura landed as the strongest hurricane ever in Louisiana history, leaving a trail of destruction in its path,” Edwards said. “This, when combined with the COVID-19 pandemic, can tire us all.”
Sally is one of the many storms swirling in the Atlantic Ocean, according to NOAA. Tropical Storm Paulette is expected to strengthen in a hurricane and move into or near Bermuda by Monday morning.