A mandatory evacuation has been issued for Grand Isle as Tropical Storm Sally is expected to impact the coast.
The evacuation is in effect beginning at 9 a.m. today for residents of the island as Sally is expected to make landfall near the Jefferson Parish island sometime Tuesday.
Storm surge and high winds are expected on Grand Isle, and work is being done before landfall to sure up protection systems and levee low spots, according to Mayor David Camardelle.
An evacuation center will be set up at the Raceland Recreation Center where island residents can shelter.
Grand Isle is vulnerable as a low area, but also because the one road into and out of the island is vulnerable to flooding, as well. La. Highway 1 is often overtopped in storm situations, which makes evacuating the island early crucial, because residents have to leave before the artery becomes unable to be trafficked.
The order will last until the storm makes landfall or until conditions change and the island is able to safely be inhabited.