Hurricane Center: Sally well inland, downgraded to a tropical storm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Sept. 16, 6 p.m. Update: Sally has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm.

Sept. 16, 5 a.m. Update: Hurricane Sally makes landfall near the Gulf Shores.

Sept. 16, 1 a.m. Update: Sally has strengthened into a category 2 hurricane with 100-mph winds.

Sept. 15, 11 p.m. Update:

Sept. 15, 11 a.m. Update:

Sept. 15, 5 a.m. Update:

Sept. 14, 5 p.m. Update:

Hurricane Sally becomes a Category 2 hurricane. It is expected to move east of New Orleans and west of Mobile as a Cat. 2 late Tuesday.

Sept. 12, 10:32 p.m. Update:

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency on Saturday in preparation for Tropical Storm Sally, which is expected to strengthen into a hurricane before it makes landfall on Tuesday.

In New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell has issued mandatory evacuations for residents outside the city’s levee protection system. The National Hurricane Centre has warned that life-threatening storm surges and hurricane-force winds are possible along portions of the northern Gulf Coast.

Sept. 12, 5 p.m. Update:

Tropical Depression 20 forms in the Atlantic leaving us with 2 depressions and 2 storms.

Sally continues to be a Tropical Storm just off the coast of Florida.

Sept. 12, 2 p.m. Update:

We have our 18th earliest named storm on record now.

Sally beat out Stan: October 2, 2005.

Sally is forecast to become a hurricane before landfall along the Gulf Coast.

Sally is the 5th Atlantic named storm formation this month, along with Nana, Omar, Paulette and Rene.