Hurricane Sally strengthens 'rapidly' as Gulf Coast braces, mandatory evacuations in Louisiana, Mississippi
Residents along the Gulf Coast are under hurricane and tropical storm warnings on Monday as a "rapidly" strengthening Hurricane Sally takes aim at the region.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami said midday Monday that hurricane hunters have found that Sally has "rapidly strengthened" to a hurricane.
Sally is located about 125 miles east-southeast of the mouth of Mississippi River, moving west-northwest at 7 mph with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph. The storm underwent a 20 mph increase in windspeed from an 11 a.m. to noon advisory.