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Internet2 Monitoring Hurricane Sally

Sep 14, 2020, by Chris Wilkinson
Tags: Frontpage News, Internet2 Network, Recent Posts, Regional Networks

Last Updated September 16, 2020 at 12:30 PM EDT

According to the National Hurricane Center’s discussion issued today at 11 a.m. EDT, Hurricane Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama, around 5:45 a.m. EDT. Since that time, the center has been inching its way inland over southeastern Alabama and the extreme western portion of the Florida panhandle. As Sally moves inland, ongoing heavy rainfall and flooding will spread northeastward across southeastern Alabama and portions of Georgia and western South Carolina during the next day or two.

Historic and catastrophic flooding, including widespread moderate to major river flooding, is unfolding along and just inland from west of Tallahassee, Florida, to Mobile Bay, Alabama. Significant and widespread flooding is likely across inland portions of Alabama into central Georgia, and possible across western South Carolina, western and central North Carolina, and far southeast Virginia.

The map below demonstrates where peak potential rainfall overlays with the Internet2 community in the landfall zone:

Data from Weather Prediction Center (WPC) 72-hour Quantitative Precipitation Forecast.

The National Hurricane Center’s five-day tropical weather outlook has predicted at least seven Atlantic tropical systems, including two hurricanes, Paulette and Sally, two tropical storms, Teddy and Vicky, a tropical depression, Rene, and two more disturbances under investigation. Internet2 will continue to closely monitor the situation.

GeoColor visible satellite image of an Atlantic Ocean packed with five tropical cyclones at 10:20 a.m. EDT Monday, September 14, 2020. (Image credit: RAMMB/CIRA/Colorado State University)

Last Updated September 14, 2020 at 10:30 AM EDT

Internet2 is closely monitoring the progress of Tropical Storm Sally, expected to hit the southeast coast of Louisiana as a Category 1 hurricane Tuesday morning. 

According to the National Hurricane Center’s public advisory issued today at 8 a.m. EDT, Tropical Storm Sally is expected to intensify into a hurricane as it tracks into the northern Gulf Coast, where it will bring an extremely dangerous storm surge, flooding rainfall, and damaging winds early this week. Sally will also pose a threat of flooding rainfall farther inland across parts of the Southeast.

An internal NOC ticket has been opened (PRB0045984) to track all Tropical Storm Sally related activities and to provide a tie-back for member tickets opened as a result of the potential hurricane impacts. The Internet2 NOC is reachable 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by phone at 317-278-6622 and via email noc@net.internet2.edu. You can also monitor a live network status, including current outages and upcoming maintenance, here: http://noc.net.internet2.edu/ 

Considering the strength of the storm and the amount of projected rainfall, there is an increased risk for service impact along the transport path between New Orleans, Louisiana, and Tallahassee, Florida. Should an interruption occur, traffic will be rerouted through alternate paths; this could place increased demands on infrastructure in Houston, Kansas City, Chicago, and Atlanta. Internet2 will work diligently with our partners to restore any impacted services as soon as it is safe to do so. 

The map below demonstrates where peak potential rainfall overlays with the Internet2 community in the landfall zone:

Data from Weather Prediction Center (WPC) 72-hour Quantitative Precipitation Forecast.

We encourage all of our members and partners in the region to please take all appropriate precautions and make any necessary preparations. As the weather can be unpredictable, we will continue to monitor the progress of the storm as it develops and until the danger of additional damaging effects has dissipated. 

We will update this page as information changes or becomes available. Our thoughts are with everyone that may be affected by Tropical Storm Sally