Tropical Depression 19 officially formed Friday afternoon between the Bahamas and Florida and strengthened into Tropical Storm Sally Saturday afternoon. It is moving west. Flood watches were issued for a large part of Florida Saturday morning. The current forecast track has the storm slowing down as it approaches the Gulf Coast beginning on Monday and lasting into the middle of the week. This system will be a Category 1 hurricane by Monday evening and then impact parts of the northern Gulf Coast into Tuesday morning. As a slow-moving storm that could bring a serious rainfall threat to the Gulf Coast in the coming week.
A possible landfall is favoring Southeast Louisiana and Southwest Mississippi. Tropical-storm-force winds are possible there by Sunday night. A flood watch is in effect for portions of Florida, including Miami, Tampa and Apalachicola. Sally is not expected to have a major impact on Texas at this point. Tropical Storm Sally is expected to move northwestward toward the northern Gulf Coast, likely as a tropical storm or low-end hurricane. eginning Sunday morning, the Hurricane Center predicted, the storm will produce three to six inches of rain. New Orleans was expected to get four to six inches of rain, Baton Rouge and Lafayette one to one and a half inches.