Updated Sept. 16, 2020 – 2200

Updated information from NBAA Air Traffic Services is now available. Review the information about Sally.


Presently Tropical Storm Sally’s winds have now reached 60mph. The storm is located about 55 miles NNE of Pensacola, FL. Winds should start to decrease over the next several hours, but flooding continues to be an issue. Pensacola International Airport (PNS) is ATC Zero due to Tropical Storm Sally.

Operators are encouraged to check NOTAMs for the most up-to-date airport and equipment issues. NBAA Air Traffic Services also encourages operators to call FBOs to see what impacts there may be to local transportation and infrastructure.

Update from the National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Sally Forecast Cone Map Advisory #23
According to the National Hurricane Center’s Advisory #23, issued at 2100z:

At 400 PM CDT (2100 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Sally was located near latitude 31.2 North, longitude 86.8 West. Sally is moving toward the northeast near 7 mph (11 km/h), and a northeastward motion at a slightly faster forward speed is expected tonight through Thursday night. On the forecast track, the center of Sally will move across southeastern Alabama tonight, over central Georgia on Thursday, and move over South Carolina Thursday night.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional weakening is expected as the center moves farther inland tonight, and Sally is forecast to become a tropical depression tonight or Thursday morning.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km) from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 990 mb (29.23 inches).

Airport & Equipment Information

Airport closures from the FAA OIS page:

  • 0R1 – closed
  • 4R9 – closed – scheduled to reopen 9/17 at 18z
  • CEW – closed – scheduled to reopen 9/17 at 17z
  • DTS – closed – scheduled to reopen 9/17 at 17z
  • PNS – closed to fixed wing aircraft – scheduled to reopen 9/16 at 21z
NOTAMs are the best source of information regarding airport, equipment and facility status. NBAA Air Traffic Services recommends that operators check with FBOs and local contacts to determine if there any issues with transportation and infrastructure off the airport.

Route Information

There are no current Hurricane Routes published.

Operational Resources

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