Gov. Kay Ivey and other officials reported the latest on preparations and track for Hurricane Sally at a news conference this morning at 10 a.m.

Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Brian Hastings and meteorologist John De Block of the National Weather Service joined the governor for the briefing, which was carried live on the governor’s Facebook page.

Update: De Block said as of 10 a.m., “Sally was about 110 miles south of Mobile drifting to the north at the speed of a child in a candy shop at about 2 to 3 miles per hour. And that’s going to take a while to get to the coast. And we’re looking at about tomorrow morning now, a little bit later than we had been talking about earlier.”

De Block said the hurricane is expected to pack winds of about 80 mph when it makes landfall.

“Right now the projected path is right up Mobile Bay,” De Block said. “If this forecast continues to shift to the east, and it very well may, that will decrease the amount of storm surge that is encountered in Mobile Bay, which will be good news for them.”

De Block said the forecast could change and urged people to get frequent updates.

“Record flooding is very well possible in the Mobile and Baldwin county areas,” De Block said. “From 10 to 15 inches of rainfall, locally higher amounts, combined with the storm surge will make drainage a challenge. So, any water that falls is going to be really prohibited from going downstream as fast as it normally would.

“Low-lying areas are going to be particularly susceptible to flooding in Mobile and Baldwin counties.”

De Block said as Sally moves along the path of Interstate 65 on Wednesday and Wednesday night, it could bring upwards of 8 to 10 inches of rain to the Montgomery area. That could cause flash flooding, as well as flooding along the Alabama and Tallapoosa rivers by the end of the week, he said.

“As we move into Friday, Sally is going to progress and go up I-85. She’s going to take that right hand turn and head towards Georgia, and hopefully by Friday morning she will be weakened somewhat and headed to Georgia,” De Block said.

Areas as far north as Clanton and to the east could get as much as 4 to 8 inches of rain, while areas around Birmingham and the I-59 corridor could get 2 to 4 inches, he said.

There is also a threat of isolated tornadoes, especially in Mobile and Baldwin counties today and Wednesday, including before Sally makes landfall.

“The saying the National Weather Service has is, ‘Hide from the wind. Run from the water,” De Block said. “And so now is the time to run from the water.”

EMA Director Hastings urged people to prepare for a “potentially historic storm.” Hastings said to expect widespread power outages and for people to make sure they have food, water, batteries, and a way to connect with assistance.

Hastings said Ivey has authorized the activation of the National Guard and that high-water teams are activated in Mobile and Baldwin counties. He said FEMA and neighboring states have offered help with search and rescue.

Two shelters are open in Mobile County, with one on standby, and one is open in Baldwin County, Hastings said.

“Sally is shaping up to be a very dangerous and historic flooding event from the coastal counties along I-65, and the I-85 corridor,” Hastings said. “If you are in a low-lying area or flood-prone area, get to a safer place or higher ground now. Do not drive through flooded areas. Turn around, don’t drown.”

Ivey cautioned that tropical storm systems can change hour-by-hour and urged people to stay on top of the latest.

“Sally has the potential to inflict major damage along our Gulf Coast and even further northward as it moves,” Ivey said. “For that reason, and especially for those living south of I-10 and in low-lying areas, I urge you in the strongest way possible to evacuate if conditions permit and seek shelter elsewhere if possible today.”

Earlier story from this morning:

As of 7 a.m., the storm was about 105 miles south-southeast of Biloxi and moving to the northwest at only 2 mph.

The winds had dropped from 100 mph to 85 mph but the storm carries the risks of “historic” flooding, damage from storm surge and winds, and tornadoes, officials said.

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Monday night, President Trump’s administration approved Alabama’s request for an expedited disaster declaration, ahead of Sally’s landfall.

Related: Hurricane Sally: What time will bad weather arrive where I live? When, where is landfall?

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