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HURRICANE SALLY UPDATE: 11PM UPDATE

Staff Report

The Storm Surge Warning has been extended east of the Okaloosa/Walton County Line to the Walton/Bay County Line Florida. The Hurricane Warning has been extended east of Navarre Florida to the Okaloosa/Walton County line Florida.

The Storm Surge Warning has been discontinued between the Mouth of the Pearl River and the Mississippi/Alabama border.

At 10 p.m. , the center of Hurricane Sally was located near latitude 29.8 North, longitude 87.8 West. Sally is moving toward the north-northeast near 2 mph (4 km/h).

A north-northeastward to northeastward motion at a slightly faster forward speed is expected on Wednesday and Wednesday night, followed by a faster northeastward motion on Thursday.

Hurricane sally made a final shift Eastward directly hitting Pensacola, which has not seen a hurricane since 2005's Katrina.

On the forecast track, the center of Sally will approach the northern Gulf Coast tonight, and make landfall in the hurricane warning area early Wednesday. Sally is expected to move inland across southeastern Alabama Wednesday night and Thursday. Maximum sustained winds are near 85 mph (140 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is possible before landfall, and Sally is expected to be a dangerous hurricane when it moves onshore along the north-central Gulf Coast. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km). The minimum central pressure reported by the Hurricane Hunters is 972 mb (28.71 inches).

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SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...

* Mississippi/Alabama border to the Walton/Bay County Line Florida

* Mobile Bay

* Mouth of the Mississippi River to the Mouth of the Pearl River

*Washington County to Bay County Line Florida

*Holmes County to Bay County Line Florida

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...

* East of Bay St. Louis Mississippi to the Okaloosa/Walton County line Florida

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

* East of the Okaloosa/Walton County line Florida to Indian Pass Florida

* Bay St. Louis Mississippi westward to Grand Isle Louisiana

A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations. For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov. This is a life-threatening situation. Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions. Promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials. A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours. For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office.