HOUSTON, TX – A hurricane and tropical storm warning are in effect for the southeast of Louisiana as well as the Mississippi and Alabama border.

The National Hurricane Center’s midday update reported Tropical Storm Sally has strengthened into a hurricane. Sally is 135 miles east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River with 85 mph winds. It is expected to remain a Category 1 storm. It’s moving west-northwest very slowly, at 5 mph.

Extreme hurricane conditions and flooding rains are expected late Monday and Tuesday.

According to meteorologist, Sally is expected to slow down as it nears landfall giving it the opportunity to produce a deadly-duo of storm surges and about a foot or more of rainfall in several parts of Louisiana. Areas can expect 6-12 inches of rainfall up until Wednesday. Mississippi and western Alabama can also expect 5-10 inches beginning Wednesday and Thursday.

All local residents are encouraged to continue to closely monitor Sally over the next few days and take all precautions to protect their families and homes.