Sally now at 100 mph! Tracks shifts to the east!
As I predicted, the National Hurricane Center shifted the projected track to the east and increased their peak intensity estimate to 110 mph.
From the National Hurricane Center:
KEY MESSAGES: 1. It is too early to determine where Sally's center will move onshore given the uncertainty in the timing and location of Sally's northward turn near the central Gulf Coast. Users should not focus on the details of the official forecast track, since NHC's average forecast error at 36 to 48 hours is around 60 to 80 miles, and dangerous storm surge, rainfall, and wind hazards will extend well away from the center. 2. An extremely dangerous and life-threatening storm surge is expected for areas outside the southeastern Louisiana Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System from Port Fourchon, Louisiana, to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line in the Florida Panhandle, where a Storm Surge Warning is in effect. Residents in these areas should follow any advice given by local officials. 3. Hurricane conditions are expected late tonight or early Tuesday within the Hurricane Warning area in southeastern Louisiana and are expected by late Tuesday and Tuesday night within the Hurricane Warning area along the Mississippi and Alabama coastlines and the western Florida Panhandle. Tropical storm conditions are likely to begin this evening in these areas and preparations should be rushed to completion. 4. Life-threatening flash flooding is likely, as well as widespread minor to isolated major flooding, on area rivers along and just inland of the Central Gulf Coast. Significant flash and urban flooding, as well as widespread minor to moderate river flooding is likely across Mississippi and Alabama through the middle of the week. Flooding impacts are expected to spread farther across the Southeast through the week. Sally could continue to produce flash flooding across the Florida peninsula and prolong existing minor river flooding across west-central Florida through today. FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS INIT 14/2100Z 28.8N 87.4W 85 KT 100 MPH 12H 15/0600Z 29.2N 88.2W 95 KT 110 MPH 24H 15/1800Z 29.7N 88.7W 95 KT 110 MPH 36H 16/0600Z 30.4N 88.6W 90 KT 105 MPH...INLAND 48H 16/1800Z 31.3N 88.0W 55 KT 65 MPH...INLAND 60H 17/0600Z 32.2N 86.8W 30 KT 35 MPH...INLAND 72H 17/1800Z 32.9N 85.5W 25 KT 30 MPH...INLAND 96H 18/1800Z 33.5N 83.0W 20 KT 25 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW 120H 19/1800Z...DISSIPATED