Tropical Storm Sally: Hurricane watch, evacuations for New Orleans; storm expected to strengthen

On Saturday, the National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch from Grand Isle, Louisiana, to the Alabama-Florida border — an area that includes metropolitan New Orleans.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a State of Emergency Saturday, noting on Twitter “much of Southeast Louisiana is in the storm’s cone.” Meanwhile, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell ordered mandatory evacuations starting Sunday at 6 p.m. for residents outside the city’s levee system. 

As Sally strengthens over the Gulf Coast in the coming days, storm surge is possible along the Gulf Coast shoreline starting Monday and hurricane conditions may begin in the warning area by early Tuesday, according to the Hurricane Center.

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