Tropical Storm Sally forecast to track across Pine Belt next week

Branden Walker's Saturday night forecast 09/12

PINE BELT, Miss. (WDAM) - Tropical Storm Sally is set to move into the Gulf and toward the Mississippi Coast during the next 72 hours. As the system gets closer it will slow down before landfall.

What to expect:

The National Hurricane Center forecast shows landfall by Tropical Storm Sally as a hurricane, during the day on Tuesday. However, because the system will be slowing down as it gets closer to the coast, rainbands will begin to move into the area as early as Monday night. On top of that, due to the slow-motion, Sally will be in the area Tuesday, Wednesday and perhaps even on Thursday, too.

The main concern is very heavy rain, gusty wind, and the potential for tropical tornadoes


Rain picks up on Monday evening after 5 p.m. The off-and-on rain and wind will continue through the overnight hours and through Tuesday and Wednesday as it appears right now. Heavy rain and the threat for tornadoes will develop slowly, depending on the track of the system


Heavy rain, gusty wind and the chance for some tropical tornadoes will be the main concern. Rainfall rates may be as high as two inches an hour within the rainbands. Wind gusts in the Pine Belt will be as high as 60 mph, with sustained wind around 20-40mph. The tropical tornado threat will be dependent on the specific track.

More Info

For more scientific information on this - and other - forecasts, you can get extra details and a complete scientific breakdown over on Nick’s Blog.


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