The Latest: Tropical force-winds spreading onto Gulf Coast

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This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image taken Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at 3 p.m. EDT., and provided by NOAA, shows Hurricane Sally moving slowly towards the coast from the Gulf of Mexico. Forecasters now expect landfall late Tuesday or early Wednesday near the Alabama-Mississippi state line. (NOAA via AP)

Here are the latest developments on tropical weather (all times local):

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Hurricane Sally is strengthening as it creeps toward Florida and Alabama. The National Hurricane Center says the Category 1 storm's winds have increased to 90 mph (150 kph).

Sally was centered about 65 miles (105 kilometers) southeast of Mobile, Alabama, and 60 miles (95 kilometers) southwest of Pensacola, Florida, about midnight Tuesday.

The latest forecast track has the hurricane making landfall between the Panhandle and Mobile Bay sometime Wednesday. The storm was moving at 2 mph (3 kph), which forecasters said is the same as being stalled.


PENSACOLA, Fla. — The latest forecast track for Hurricane Sally has the slow-moving storm lumbering toward landfall somewhere between the Florida Panhandle and Mobile Bay in Alabama.

Conditions are deteriorating as the storm draws near. More than 87,000 homes and businesses had lost electricity as of late Tuesday as Gulf waters covered beaches. The National Weather Service said flash floods and up to a foot of rain were reported in some areas.

Forecasters say the storm threatens to trigger dangerous, historic flooding in the region. A big reason was its agonizingly slow pace. It was creeping toward the coast at about 2 mph (3 kph). That has authorities worried about a drawn-out deluge.