Just a couple weeks after Hurricane Laura ripped through areas in the Southern Gulf Coast, the region faces the threat of another storm.
The National Hurricane Center currently points Hurricane Sally’s track to southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi with potential impacts to New Orleans and its surrounding areas.
Local government leaders are urging residents along the storm’s track to make necessary preparations for strong winds, heavy rains and the chance of a storm surge.
Meteorologists say that the storm is a slow mover and looks as if it will strengthen once it makes landfall sometime between late Monday night into early Tuesday morning.
Currently, the City of New Orleans is working hard to make sure drainage pumps are fully operational. This weekend two out of 99 pumps were down. Sewerage and Water Board workers fixed one of the pumps Saturday night and plans to have the other drainage pump back online on Sunday.
A couple weeks ago, residents in Louisiana near Lake Charles dealt with the devastating effects of Hurricane Laura.
The powerful storm claimed the lives of 16 people as it left a trail of destruction in southwest Louisiana. More than half of those who died were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning from the unsafe operation of generators.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Hurricane Laura was the most powerful hurricane to strike the state, even surpassing Katrina, which was a Category 3 storm when it hit 15 years ago.
Simply driving was a feat in Lake Charles. Power lines and trees blocked paths or created one-lane roads, leaving drivers to negotiate with oncoming traffic. The parish sheriff’s office posted an extensive update on their Facebook page of streets that were impassable.
Hurricane Laura also killed nearly two dozen people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic en route to the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Associated Press journalists Gerald Herbert, Nomaan Merchant, Melinda Deslatte in Baton Rouge, Rebecca Santana in New Orleans and Ellen Knickmeyer in Oklahoma City contributed to this report.
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