Slow-Moving Sally Quickly Intensifies to Become Hurricane

It may be moving slowly, but Hurricane Sally is intensifying rapidly.

The National Hurricane Center says their Hurricane Hunters found that the storm's maximum sustained winds intensified to 85-miles-per-hour, making it a Category One system.

Sally is churning in the Gulf of Mexico and moving west-northwest at just six-miles-per-hour.

Because of that slow forward momentum, Sally could dump more than two feet of rain on parts of the Gulf Coast between New Orleans and the Florida Panhandle.

A Hurricane Warning for Sally is in effect from Morgan City, Louisiana to the Alabama/Florida border, including New Orleans. Tropical-storm-force winds will likely begin later today and this evening. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

Sally could take days to move onshore before a front starts to push the storm over Alabama and Georgia.

This is the fourth named storm to threaten the New Orleans area this year.

Tropical Storm Vicky also formed Monday off the coast of Africa, leaving just one name unused on the annual storm list.