AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - Category 2 storm, Hurricane Sally, approaches from the Gulf of Mexico this week and could potentially bring historic flooding to the coastal areas of Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle.

Governor Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency for the state of Alabama on Monday and has recommended the evacuation of those currently in flood-prone zones off the gulf coast. The Hotel at Auburn University, in response to the evacuation recommendation, has announced a special rate for those evacuating their homes that lie in the path of Sally. They said in a message on Monday, “We are providing a special rate below our standard ‘best available rate,’ just for those who need a safe haven during this hurricane season. Please share this with family and friends looking to evacuate.”

As for Hurricane Sally’s impact on this week’s Auburn weather, The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch and wind advisory for the Auburn area until Thursday at 7 PM CDT. The slow-moving Hurricane Sally could bring a forecasted 4 to 9 inches of rain and winds up to 30 mph. Outer bands of the storm will arrive in the Auburn area Tuesday evening and Sally will continue to bring much rainfall into Thursday night. Continue to monitor this system with your trusted weather source and stay safe.