Update on Tropical Storm Sally– Gulf of Mexico



[Initial] CISA SR: Tropical Storm Sally– Gulf of Mexico | September 13, 2020 | INC10306266

Critical Infrastructure Impacted: Energy (Oil), Transportation (Maritime Transportation Systems)

Summary: Tropical Depression (TD) Nineteen developed into Tropical Storm (TS) Sally in the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported TS Sally has sustained winds of 45 mph and is located 80 miles west-southwest of Port Charlotte, FL, moving west across the Gulf of Mexico.

Key Points:

  • TS Sally is forecast to intensify to hurricane strength by Monday evening
  • Early landfall predictions are for the Mississippi/Louisiana coast Tuesday
  • TS Sally is expected to produce rainfall amounts of 5 to 10 inches across the Florida Panhandle, and 6 to 12 inches with isolated amounts of 18 inches over the Central Gulf Coast

Critical Infrastructure Impacted:



Petroleum production companies are initiating shut-in procedures at affected facilities and began evacuations from offshore oil platforms ahead of the storm.


(Maritime Transportation Systems)

Port Conditions X-Ray: Gulf Intercoastal Waterway(GICWW), Panama City, Pensacola, Mobile, Pascagoula, and Gulfport

Watches and Warnings:

  • A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from Tallahassee, FL area to the Alabama/Florida Border
  • A Hurricane Watch is in effect from the Alabama/Florida border to Grand Isle Louisiana, including metropolitan New Orleans
  • A Storm Surge Watch is in effect from the Alabama/Florida Border to the Mouth of the Mississippi River


New Orleans issued a mandatory evacuation order starting Sunday for areas outside the levee protection - Lake Catherine, Venetian Isles and Irish Bayou.

CISA Actions:

  • Continue to monitor Tropical Storm Sally progression and potential impacts to critical infrastructure

National Hurricane Center – Tropical Storm Sally