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Monday morning forecast suggests 30-40 mph winds, 3-6 inches of rain

The National Weather Service released its latest statement about Tropical Storm Sally on Monday morning at 4:21 a.m.

A hurricane warning remains in effect for Washington Parish.

The latest local forecast suggests the possibility of “equivalent tropical storm force wind,” with 30-40 mph and gusts as high as 55 mph. These winds are forecast for Tuesday morning until Wednesday morning.

The NWS also states that there is a “threat to life and property that includes typical forecast uncertainty in track, size and intensity.” There is a potential for wind as high as 74-110 mph, depending on Sally’s future track and potential growth.

Other information from the forecast includes:

  • The wind threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment.
  • Plan — Plan for the possibility of life-threatening wind of equivalent category 1 or 2 hurricane force.
  • Prepare — Remaining efforts to protect life and property should be urgently completed. Prepare for considerable wind damage.
  • Act — Move to safe shelter before the wind becomes hazardous.

The forecast lists several “potential impacts,” including:

  • Considerable roof damage to sturdy buildings, with some having window, door, and garage door failures leading to structural damage. Mobile homes severely damaged, with some destroyed. Damage accentuated by airborne projectiles. Some locations may be uninhabitable for weeks.
  • Many large trees snapped or uprooted, along with fences and roadway signs blown over.
  • Some roads may be impassable from large debris, and more within urban or heavily wooded places. Several bridges, causeways, and access routes may be impassable.
  • Large areas may have power and communications outages.

A flash flood watch is in effect, with peak rainfall of 3-6 inches, but potentially higher amounts.