MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Gov. Kay Ivey issued a State of Emergency Monday afternoon. The declaration was issued in anticipation of the damage Hurricane Michael could cause.
The declaration went into effect at 3 p.m.
The State of Emergency activates the Alabama Emergency Operations Plan.
“Alabama is once again in the path of a hurricane, but I know Alabamians will once again come together and be prepared for whatever Michael may bring,” said Ivey. “On the state level we are prepared, now is the time for residents in south Alabama to review your emergency preparedness plans and also get prepared.”
The National Hurricane Center suggests landfall will occur along the Florida Panhandle sometime Wednesday as a potential major hurricane, meaning it could be a Category 3 by then.
Tropical Storm Watches have been issued for south Alabama in advance of Michael and any westward shift in forecast track would dramatically increase impacts in central Alabama.
Several southeast Alabama school districts will be closed Wednesday, including Dale County, Henry County, Ozark and Dothan. Wallace Community College in Dothan and Eufaula will close at noon Tuesday and remain closed Thursday.
A shelter for hurricane evacuees is open at Cornderstone Church at 2685 John D. Odom Road in Dothan, according to Wiregrass 2-1-1. The contact number is 334-983-1848.
You can text “ALALERT” to 888777 to receive information for Hurricane Michael from the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.
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