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Sally's two biggest threats are inland flooding and storm surge

September 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Hurricane Sally could possibly cause historic flooding "with extreme life-threatening flash flooding likely through Wednesday," the National Hurricane Center says.

"An average September sees around 4-5 inches of rainfall along the Gulf Coast in MS/AL/Florida panhandle -- Sally will drop this amount in a couple of hours and likely produce several months' worth across some areas before the storm leaves the region," explains Brandon Miller, CNN meteorologist.

Since New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain are currently west of Sally's estimated landfall, storm surge here will be lower than other areas east such as, Dauphin Island and Gulf Shores, Alabama, which can expect a 4-7 feet surge, or Pensacola and Destin, Florida, a 3-5 feet surge.

So, if New Orleans is on the western side of the storm, where surge is lower, why all the attention on this city?

Thankfully, New Orleans being west of the current estimated landfall, they are only expected to see up to 1-2 inches of rain, but if the track shifts, that could change.

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