09/14 Ryan’s “Sally Update” Monday Night Forecast


Update: (10 PM CDT) Track has shifted slightly further east, now just out of MS and into the Mobile Bay area. This is still a developing storm, so it may shift again, but the further east it goes the better it is for South Mississippi’s impact.

We’re now just over 24 hours away from landfall and Hurricane Sally continues to strengthen. This slow moving storm is now a category 2, with winds in excess of 100 mph. These winds are sufficient to cause damage, but biggest threat will remain flooding and storm surge. Rain totals near the eye on the east side are averaging just over a foot, and surge estimates for South MS range between 6-9 feet.

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If you live on the coast, assess your situation, and enact your hurricane plan.

Evacuations have been ordered in Hancock County “for all low lying areas, residents living on rivers, river inlets, bayous, creeks, and in travel trailers.” Flash Flood Watches will remain in effect until at least 7 AM Thursday, showing just how long this heavy rain event is expected to last. Continue to prepare, but time is running out for any significant preparations as Tropical storm force winds will begin arriving tonight and only increase through all of Tuesday.

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Born in Tennessee, raised in Arkansas, and now a resident of Mississippi, Ryan Mahan is proud to be a Southerner and to belong to this community. A former student of Millsaps and a graduate of the University of South Alabama, he now has a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology with a focus in Broadcast. Ryan’s passion for weather began in 2005 after witnessing the destruction that Hurricane Katrina had on his family and home. With nothing but a point-and-shoot digital camera in hand, he walked miles up and down the Coast to document the tragedy and its effects on the area and people around him. Using social media, he posted the photos and the stories behind them. The reaction from his peers inspired him to pursue a career doing what had up until then been a hobby. He loves working for WXXV because he feels it is the best opportunity he has to connect with the locals to whom he delivers the weather. He truly enjoys sharing his knowledge with those curious to learn more, particularly young students who express an interest in science and weather. One way he shares his enthusiasm is by getting involved in the scholastic educational process; he has judged several science fairs, talent shows, and pageants at local coast schools. He can also be found visiting several elementary school classes, hopefully turning your children future meteorologists. Ryan is a self-proclaimed geeky nerd. He loves all things sci-fi, and can usually be found watching his favorite cartoons on Adult Swim or playing any one of his array of video game consoles. He says he’s lucky that his high-school teacher wife puts up with him. They have a small bevy of furry children, but he really enjoys spending time with his two nieces, Claire and Elly, the latter of whom has made a few appearances on the network alongside him delivering the weather. You can follow Ryan on the following social media platforms: Facebook: @wxxvmahan Twitter: @wxxvryan


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