TROPICS: Sally Threatens the Gulf Coast

TROPICS: Sally Threatens the Gulf Coast

UPDATE (12:25 p.m. ET): Sally, threatening the Gulf Coast, has been upgraded to a hurricane. (National Hurricane Center)

UPDATE (11:15 a.m. ET): There are five named tropical systems in the Atlantic basin, a new record. Newly named Tropical Storm Vicky is expected to be short-lived in the open Atlantic.

Hurricane warnings and watches have been issued for parts of the Gulf Coast from Central Louisiana to the Florida panhandle as Tropical Storm Sally heads toward the coast.

Sally is currently currently packing 60 mph winds as is expected to start bringing heavy wind and rain to the coast today. It is forecast to make landfall tonight as a category 1 hurricane around Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama and then slow to a crawl which will dump several inches of rain. Some areas could get as much as 20 inches of rain. A storm surge of seven to 11 feet is expected, which would cause life-threatening floods. (Weather Channel)