Mississippi Power’s storm team continues to monitor Hurricane Sally on Tuesday as the slow-moving Category 1 storm has shown how tropical systems can occasionally be difficult to predict.
“The forecast of Sally has proven to be difficult to build a high degree of certainty,” said Mississippi Power President and CEO Anthony Wilson. “While we have seen a steady shift eastward in several of the recent updates, a slight shift to the west could put us back facing the brunt of the storm’s wind, storm surge and flooding. We can’t let our guard down.”
Areas of the Mississippi coast are seeing rising water as Sally continues to move slowly across the northern Gulf of Mexico. The storm is now forecast to make landfall Wednesday morning near the Mississippi-Alabama state line with torrential rain, hurricane-force winds and life-threatening storm surge.
Employees at Plant Daniel and the Chevron Cogen Plant have secured those facilities in Jackson County that could experience the most dangerous conditions as Sally moves inland.
The company still has about 700 outside resources secured to assist with any restoration efforts that may be needed in South Mississippi.
Heavy rain over an extended period combined with storm surge is expected to cause flooding in along the coastline.
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