Gov. Kay Ivey declares state of emergency ahead of severe weather


Governor Kay Ivey has issued a statewide state of emergency in anticipation of severe weather arriving in Alabama.

ABC 33/40 reports the National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting heavy rain and the possibility of significant flash flooding from Tuesday through Thursday, especially for those closer to the coast.

The state of emergency is effective beginning 10 a.m. Tuesday.

ABC 33/40 offers a live view of Gulf Shores:

Gov. Ivey released the following statement regarding the state of emergency:

Hurricane season is underway and that means the potential for increased tropical activity along the Gulf Coast. To ensure the state of Alabama is prepared, I have issued a State of Emergency effective today. This State of Emergency will guarantee state resources are on standby and are ready to assist impacted communities if necessary.

The State Emergency Operations Center in Clanton has been activated to level three, which allows AEMA staff to monitor the impact of the severe weather. In addition, the National Guard is also being activated in preparation for the potential impact.