Mandatory evacuation orders lifted on Alabama gulf coast

Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday lifted mandatory evacuation orders covering portions of Baldwin and Mobile Counties and issued voluntary evacuation orders for areas vulnerable to Isaac's expected impact.

The{}National Hurricane Center lifted the hurricane warning that was in effect for the Alabama coast.{} However, due to the remaining forecasted threats to coastal areas, a voluntary evacuation order is now in effect for those living in low-lying, flood-prone areas of Mobile and Baldwin Counties.

"While the hurricane warning has been lifted, we don't want people to let down their guard," Governor Bentley said. {}"Remember that Isaac is still expected to bring tropical storm-force winds and heavy rains, and storm surge is still expected in certain areas," he added.

In Mobile county, more than 160 people are using shelters that have opened in the area.