Hurricane Sally strengthens back to a Category 2 storm as more than 500,000 evacuate ahead of landfall early this morning bringing 'historic flooding', life-threatening surges and 30 inches of rain | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Hurricane Sally strengthens back to a Category 2 storm as more than 500,000 evacuate ahead of landfall early this morning bringing 'historic flooding', life-threatening surges and 30 inches of rain

Hurricane Sally strengthened back to a Category 2 storm as it moved slowly closer to the U.S. Gulf Coast on Tuesday, threatening historic floods as rain and storm-force winds started lashing the shore, and governors of four states urged people to flee the coastline.

Authorities in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama have issued mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders for residents living along the Gulf Coast as Sally threatens to bring sustained wind gusts, nine-foot storm surge, and rainfall of up to 30 inches when it makes landfall this morning.

The slow-moving storm, moving at 2 mph, crept toward the northern Gulf Coast early Tuesday as forecasters warned of potentially deadly storm surges and flash floods with up to 30 inches of rain and the possibility of tornadoes.

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