Voluntary evacuation orders are in place in parts of Texas as Gov. Greg Abbott urges Texans to: "take the necessary precautions to keep themselves and their loved ones out of harm's way."
Fire ants, which do not need to be provoked to attack, inject venom that causes an intense burning pain.
Sally is forecast to produce 10 to 20 inches of rainfall, with isolated amounts of 30 inches, from the Florida Panhandle to the Alabama/Mississippi border.
Sally is the earliest 18th-named tropical storm to form in a single Atlantic hurricane season.
A westward-moving tropical wave located a couple hundred miles east of the Cabo Verde Islands could be the 14th-named storm of this Atlantic hurricane season.
As the Level 3 hurricane approaches the Gulf Coast, the City of Galveston, the City of Port Arthur, Jefferson County and Orange county have all issued mandatory evacuation orders for Hurricane Laura's impending arrival.
Forecasters predict that Hurricane Laura will strengthen to a major hurricane as it moves over the northwestern Gulf of Mexico, before making landfall on Wednesday.
According to the latest forecast models, the next wave of dust will reach southeastern Texas, Louisiana and southern Mississippi.
Trade winds blow dust from the Sahara westwards over the Atlantic every year.
The dust can pose a health risk, particularly for those with respiratory issues, such as asthma and allergies.
The storm is making its way into the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall late Sunday along the Louisiana coast.
Severe thunderstorms are also possible around the Tallahassee, Florida region on Wednesday evening, while the storm system moves into the eastern region by Friday.
The storm forming in the Gulf Coast was forecasted to bring heavy rainfall to impacted areas, potentially causing flooding and mudslides.
One member of the public at the vacation spot described the incident as "pretty crazy."
Historic flooding in Louisiana has increased chances that the virus could spread there.
Three dead and thousands rescued as storms batter the Gulf Coast.
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The oil and gas company will have to pay billions in civil penalties