Tropical Storm Sally formed off the coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said. This is the 18th storm of the hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean, which peaks in mid-September.
Sally is expected to intensify in a hurricane early next week as it moves northeast across the Gulf of Mexico. That could cause life-threatening storms and hurricane-force winds from southeastern Louisiana to the Alabama coast, the National Hurricane Center said.
Sally could also cause lightning floods in Florida’s Panhandle, with tropical storms expected in the area as early as Sunday.
At 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sally had maximum steady winds of 40 mph.
Louisiana is still recovering from Hurricane Laura, which hit Lake Charles like a Category 4 storm on Aug. 27. At least 28 deaths in the state have been attributed to the storm, according to Gov. John Bell Edwards.
There are several other storms in the Atlantic, including another tropical storm, Flight. According to the National Hurricane Center, the flight is expected to approach Bermuda as a hurricane on Sunday. Prolonged periods of strong winds, heavy rainfall and storms are expected in Bermuda on Sunday night through Monday, the National Hurricane Center said. A hurricane warning is in force for the island.