Sally becomes a Category 2 hurricane as she approaches the shore

Tropical Storm Sally has turned into a Category 2 hurricane this morning, moving slowly along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, threatening dangerous flooding.

The slow-moving storm is expected to land ashore between Gulfport, Mississippi and Pensacola, Florida if the current northward movement continues. The wind speed in the hurricane at the level of 120 km per hour was recorded by the Air Force reserve aircraft and Doppler radar in Alabama.

The Office of the National Weather Service in Mobile, Alabama, warns people about the arrival of the disaster and flash floods that threaten the entire state. More than 260,000 customers have already lost electricity on the Gulf Coast, and several thousand coastal residents have been evacuated.