Sally moves on, leaves less intense weather for SE LA

With Hurricane Sally forecast to move more to the east, it is expeted to leave Louisiana with much less intense weather than anticipated.  

Louisiana may not even see an inch or rain from the hurricane.

WWL TV Meteorologist Dave Nussbaum says storm surge is still a threat outside of hurricane protection.

“Hurricane Sally is sitting just off to the east of Louisiana today. It will stay away from Louisiana, but we will still have some impacts. The biggest impact will be storm surge," Nussbaum explained.  "The onshore flow will bring water levels up for areas mainly east of the Mississippi River to Pensacola, FL. The surge will get to 6-9 feet above ground level. Lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas will get surge levels around 3-5 feet."

He says low lying and coastal areas could see water as a result.

"This will cause flooding concerns in St. John, St. Charles, Tangipahoa and St. Tammany Parishes. The water levels will stay up today and will gradually go down on Wednesday as the winds shift from the southeast to the northwest”

Here is a look at the 7 Day Forecast for the New Orleans area: @WWLTV #lawx pic.twitter.com/X4huQLVyLI

— Dave Nussbaum (@Dave_Nussbaum) September 15, 2020

Here is the detailed forecast:

  • TODAY: Mostly cloudy, windy, warm and humid with a 40% chance for showers and storms. Some heavy rain. Highs: 85. Wind NE 15-25 mph.
  • TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy, windy and muggy with a 30% chance for showers and storms. Lows north: 75 and south: 78. Wind NE 15-25 mph.
  • WEDNESDAY: Sun/Cloud mix, windy, warm and humid with a 30% chance for showers and storms. Highs: 88. Wind NW 15-20 mph.
  • THURSDAY: Partly cloudy, hot and humid with a 20% chance for showers and storms. Lows north: 70 and south: 75. Highs: 89.
  • FRIDAY: Partly cloudy, warm and less humid with a 20% chance for showers and storms. Lows north: 70 and south: 75. Highs: 87.
  • SATURDAY: Partly cloudy, warm and less humid with a 20% chance for showers and storms. Lows north: 68 and south: 74. Highs: 85.
  • SUNDAY: Partly cloudy, warm and less humid with a 20% chance for showers and storms. Lows north: 67 and south: 72. Highs: 83.