World_news Tropical Storm Sally forms near Florida, expected to strengthen in Gulf of Mexico – Tampa Bay Times


Tropical Storm Sally has formed Saturday just 35 miles southeast of Naples, according to the National Hurricane Center. It is expected to continue strengthening as it moves through the Gulf of Mexico and away from Florida.

It could become a Category 1 hurricane late Monday as it approaches the Gulf Coast.

Sally had sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and was moving north-northwest at 7 mph, according to the hurricane center’s 2 p.m. Saturday advisory. It doesn’t pose much of a threat to Tampa Bay, which is already out of its potential path, but the storm will continue to bring heavy rains and potential flooding.

Satellite-derived wind data indicate that Tropical Storm#Sallyhas formed and is centered just off the southwest coast of Florida. Maximum sustained winds are 40 mph.

— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic)September 12, 2020

The National Weather Service estimates there will be two to three inches of rain in Pinellas County from the storm, while there will be 1.5 inches for Hillsborough County and even less for Pasco and Hernando.

The hurricane center expects Sally to move over the southeastern and eastern Gulf of Mexico later today and Sunday, before a Wednesday landfall near the Louisiana-Mississippi border as a hurricane.

Sally is the 18th named storm of the 2020 storm season and set a record as the earliest “S” storm on record, beating out Tropical Storm Stan, which formed on Oct. 2, 2005. Elsewhere in the Atlantic, the hurricane center upped the likelihood of two other systems strengthening into named storms to 90 percent and 60 percent.

The next named storms of this season will be Teddy, Vicky and Wilfred. After that, meteorologists will start naming storms after Greek letters such as Alpha, Beta, Gamma, etc, which hasn’t happened since 2005, when there were 27 named storms.

Tropical Storm Sally has formed off the coast of Florida but is projected to continue moving away from the state.[ National Hurricane Center ]

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