Gov. Ivey addresses Tropical Depression Cindy

Gov. Ivey addresses Tropical Depression Cindy

CLANTON, AL (WSFA) - On Tuesday Gov. Kay Ivey in a press conference declared a statewide state of emergency to prepare for what was "sure to come."

"Here in Alabama, we have been significantly impacted by the effects of Cindy," said Ivey. "The first difficult effect we've had was the loss of life of a 10-year-old... Nolan was his first name," Ivey continued. "Our prayers, and our thoughts are certainly with his family."

Cindy was downgraded from a tropical storm to a tropical depression on Thursday afternoon, but that doesn't mean Alabama is in the clear.

According to the National Weather Service offices in Alabama, the state is expected to experience heavy rain and flooding over the next few days.

"Everybody needs to have heads up, and be alert to the rising water that can affect them in flooding," Ivey said. "Wherever there's water, our citizens need to be careful and cautious, and we all need to be weather alert."

The governor concluded her speech by assuring citizens that Alabama is prepared.

Ivey later reacted to news of a Birmingham-area tornado.

"Thankfully today's tornado in Fairfield did not result in any loss of life; my thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured. We will provide support to local authorities as they serve those affected by the storm and continue to monitor the weather situation across the state. All Alabamians should remain weather-aware over the next several days as we continue to deal with the lingering effects of Tropical Storm Cindy."

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