Hurricane Sally reaches Cat 2 strength, track shifts east as it approaches Gulf Coast

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Sally reached hurricane strength on Monday, becoming the seventh hurricane of 2020.

Hurricane Sally is just one of several systems churning in an extremely active Atlantic basin. We’re also keeping an eye on Hurricane Paulette, Tropical Storm Teddy, Tropical Storm Vicky and Tropical Depression Rene as well as disturbance and a tropical wave that is expected to emerge off the coast of Africa in the coming days.

Here are the latest updates on the systems being tracked:

Hurricane Sally

Sally is rapidly gaining strength as it moves slowly over the north Central Gulf and reached Category 2 hurricane strength Monday evening.

As of 5 p.m. ET, the storm has maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. It’s about 125 miles east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

The storm is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge, hurricane-force winds and flash flooding to the northern Gulf Coast in the coming days. It could dump 8 to 16 inches of rain on the central Gulf Coast with isolated amounts of 24 inches.

The latest forecast from the NHC says Sally will continue to move over the north-central Gulf of Mexico before approaching southeastern Louisiana Monday night.

Landfall is expected to happen along the Gulf Coast Tuesday or Tuesday night.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 and for updates.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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