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State of Emergency issued ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto

In preparation for Subtropical Storm Alberto, Gov. Kay Ivey issued a State of Emergency effective at 6:00 a.m. Sunday, May 27 for several counties in the state.

In preparation for Subtropical Storm Alberto, Gov. Kay Ivey issued a State of Emergency effective at 6:00 a.m. Sunday, May 27 for several counties in the state.

The counties involved include:

Autauga, Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Bullock, Butler, Chambers, Chilton, Choctaw, Clarke, Coffee, Conecuh, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Dallas, Elmore, Escambia, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Henry, Houston, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Russell, Sumter, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Washington and Wilcox.

Declaring a State of Emergency allows the governor to direct appropriate state agencies to exercise their statutory authority to assist the communities and entities impacted by Alberto.

The National Weather Service says Alberto will soon become a tropical storm. They add that the track of the storm has shifted a little further east, but significant impacts are expected in the state starting on Saturday near the coast and going into the middle of the week. Three to seven inches of rain is expected to occur, while six to 12 inches of rain will be closer to the coast. There are some spots in the state that could see 10 to 15 inches of rain. The large rain amounts could lead to serious flash and river flooding. In addition, there is a prolonged tornado threat for much of the state, starting near the coast on Sunday and lasting until at least Tuesday in the northern part of the state.

“All Alabamians should take time to be prepared for the potential of significant flooding. I have directed essential state agencies to be on the ready should they be needed over the next couple of days,” Gov. Ivey said. “As with any tropical weather event, being prepared is of utmost importance. Everyone should take the necessary precautions now and stay informed of the latest weather conditions for their area. This State of Emergency will ensure that all available state resources are ready when they are needed.”

Since Friday, the State Emergency Operations Center in Clanton has been working and getting ready for the storm. The state national guard also activated their High Water Evacuation Teams to support Divisions A and B in the coastal and southeastern parts of the state.

The Governor's Office says Divisions A and B are activating Sunday morning, while the Alabama National Guard will provide support in the command and control center.

“There is still uncertainty of where landfall will occur, which will likely be late Monday or early Tuesday morning,” Director of Alabama Emergency Management Agency Brian E. Hastings said. “Regardless of the final track and intensity of Alberto, we know it will produce heavy rainfall and flash flooding in several counties, and the time to prepare is now. Residents and tourist are strongly encouraging people to closely monitor this forecast.”

To get updates on road conditions, you are urged to visit https://algotraffic.com/


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