Despite being 4,500 miles away on an economic trip to the Paris Airshow, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is keeping an eye on a developing weather situation at home. Tuesday morning, Ivey declared a statewide State of Emergency ahead of possibly severe weather.
The National Weather Service is forecasting significant flash flooding possible Tuesday through Thursday as tropical moisture moves northward into the state. NWS is predicting heavy rain, combined with the current saturated soil conditions, will result in the potential for significant flash flooding, especially closer to the coast.
“Hurricane season is underway and that means the potential for increased tropical activity along the Gulf Coast,” Ivey said. “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 at Ivey's order. That allows AEMA staff to monitor the impact of the severe weather, her office said.
Ivey has also activated the Alabama National Guard to prepare for any possible impacts from severe weather.
“Based on the forecast and prediction of the National Weather Service Offices for Alabama, residents need to start preparing for widespread rain totals of 4 to 8 inches with isolated areas of greater than 10 inches possible through Thursday,” Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director, Art Faulkner said.
The State of Emergency became effective at 10 a.m. and will remain in effect until the threat diminishes.
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