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Tropical Storm Vicky becomes 20th named storm of the season

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Hurricane Paulette Tropical Storm Sally

Tropical Storm Sally formed Saturday off the coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said. One is Hurricane Sally, which was just upgraded from a tropical storm on Monday and is "expected to be a unsafe slow-moving hurricane near the coast of southeastern Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama", according to the National Hurricane Center.

The NHC said that hurricane conditions were expected by late Monday throughout the Gulf Coast, with flooding impacts expected to spread further through the southeast USA later in the week.

Significant storm surge, wind and rainfall/flooding threats are expected with Sally. Officials with the Sewerage and Water Board said Sunday that all of the pumps were in operation ahead of the storm, but the aging system is susceptible to breakdowns. The storm is expected to hit New Orleans and surrounding areas as a hurricane by Tuesday morning, according to the NHC. "Let's take this one seriously". That storm scoured the southwestern Louisiana coast, ripping off rooftops and leaving large parts of the city of Lake Charles uninhabitable. The storm was blamed for 32 deaths in the two states, the vast majority of them in Louisiana.

Pensacola, on Florida's Panhandle, was bracing for 10 to 15 inches (25 to 38 centimeters) of rain.

In New Orleans, residents who live outside the city's levee protection system have been ordered to evacuate their homes.

In what has already been an active hurricane season, storm watchers are closely monitoring a pair of weather systems that threaten to deliver more damage.

Sally churned northward on Sunday, poised to turn into a hurricane and send a life-threatening storm surge along the northern Gulf of Mexico.

MS and Louisiana issued mandatory evacuation orders to residents of low-lying areas while MS ordered its coastal casinos to close by late Monday afternoon.

However, as Tropical Storm Teddy moves across the Tropical Atlantic, a reduction in wind speeds is forecast over Barbados from midweek.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service said in a statement Monday that it is monitoring tropical storms Vicky and Teddy however at this time neither storm poses any direct threat to Trinidad and Tobago.

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