First Alert: Hurricane Sally continues to track east

Tracking Sally: Tuesday afternoon update

MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - Hurricane Sally continues to churn in the northern Gulf of Mexico, making painfully slow progress toward the Gulf Coast.

Sally weakened from a Category 2 hurricane to a Category 1 storm overnight. As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sally was moving northwest at 2 mph and was about 105 miles south of Biloxi.

In Mississippi, hurricane warnings are in effect for Harrison, Jackson, Stone and George counties. Hancock, Perry, Greene and Wayne counties are under a tropical storm watch.

Sally is forecast to make landfall near Dauphin Island, Ala. around 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Dangerous storm surge, rainfall and wind is expected around the storm center, but the direct threat to the Pine Belt has diminished greatly.

The biggest concern will be wind gusts up to 45 mph and 1 to 3 inches of rainfall in our eastern counties. The tornado threat for the Pine Belt is now near zero.

Some power outages will be possible.

Sally is expected to take a hard turn to the east after making landfall and should be cleared out of the area by Thursday.

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