Hurricane Sally gains strength as it nears southern US

NEW ORLEANS (AFP) – Hurricane Sally picked up strength as it edged towards the United States (US) Gulf Coast early yesterday, with forecasts of drenching rains that could provoke “historic” and potentially deadly flash floods.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said coastal areas in Alabama, Mississippi and Florida were in the sights of the storm, that was packing maximum sustained winds of around 165 kilometres per hour by midnight local time.

More details on Weekend’s Borneo Bulletin