JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - Gov. Tate Reeves held a news conference Tuesday afternoon ahead of Hurricane Sally’s landfall. Speaking from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency office in Jackson, the governor briefed the public on the current storm situation and the state’s plan of action.
The Category 1 storm is expected to make landfall early Wednesday.
Reeves said that Sally is moving at 2 miles per hour and has been difficult to predict.
“There is still a lot of uncertainty with this particular storm,” Reeves stated. “We do expect, at this time, that it will hit landfall somewhere around the east of the Mississippi/Alabama line, perhaps even in the Mobile Bay area.”
Reeves said that with the storm coming in Wednesday morning, the good news is that it will hit during daylight hours, but the bad news is it will be during high tide. He said the possibility for a water event on the Coast is “significant.”
Reeves said that the eye of the hurricane has also had a difficult time forming and, due to that, its predictability has been “very, very low.” However, the governor said it would not surprise him if Sally shifted west and hit anywhere from the east of Biloxi.
“The people on WLOX know more about weather than I ever will, but this one is a little unusual. We would typically know 14-18 hours from landfall on where it would hit, but this one has been bouncing around and hasn’t formed a real eye, and it’s only moving two miles per hour.”
You can watch the governor’s full news conference below:
MEMA Director Greg Michel has been in South Mississippi ahead of Hurricane Sally. He joined us live on Tuesday in the WLOX studio to talk more about the emergency response to the storm.