Hurricane Sally en route to New Orleans; Trump declared a state of emergency

Tropical storm Sally has grown into a second category hurricane over the Atlantic Ocean, with, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, life-threatening wind speeds of up to 155 kilometres per hour and a lot of rain. According to meteorologists on the way to the American Gulf Coast, Sally could increase in strength even further.

Hurricane Sally is expected to come ashore later today or tomorrow morning in the southeast of the state of Louisiana, not far from the metropolis of New Orleans. But the states of Mississippi and Alabama are also bracing for Sallys arrival.

President Trump has declared a state of emergency for Louisiana and Mississippi. This will make it easier for both states to claim federal aid.

It is the second hurricane to threaten the region in a short space of time. At the end of last month, Hurricane Laura caused a lot of damage in Louisiana and Texas.