LIVE SATELLITE & RADAR: Sally quickly strengthens into a Category 2 hurricane

1010 WINS Newsroom
September 14, 2020 - 5:46 pm

NEW YORK  (1010 WINS) -- Hurricane Sally strengthened into a Category 2 storm late Monday afternoon, based on data from the National Hurricane Center.

"Data from reconnaissance aircraft indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 100 mph with higher gusts," the NHC stated in an update.

In order to be classified as  a Category 2 storm, maximum sustained winds must be 96 to 110 mph. With Sally still strengthening, there is a chance that it could become a Category 3 before landfall, which is the threshold to be considered a major hurricane, according to AccuWeather. 

Sally become the seventh hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic season.

Earlier Monday, the National Hurricane Center said, "The bottom line continues to be that Sally is expected to be a dangerous slow-moving hurricane near the coast of southeastern Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama during the next 2-3 days."

The NHC said it was too early to tell where the hurricane would strike, but residents of New Orleans, is particularly on edge.

The NHC had warned of an “extremely dangerous and life-threatening storm surge” for areas outside the levee protection system that protects the greater New Orleans area stretching from Port Fourchon, Louisiana, to the Alabama/Florida border.