Ivey declares State of Emergency ahead of Gordon's landfall

Ivey declares State of Emergency ahead of Gordon's landfall
Gordon is expected to make landfall Tuesday evening

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has issued a State of Emergency for several counties preparing for the effects of Tropical Storm Gordon.

According to the governor's office, the state of emergency has been issued for the following counties: Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, and Washington.

By declaring a State of Emergency, Ivey is directing the appropriate state agencies to exercise their statutory authority to assist the communities and entities impacted by Gordon.

The National Weather Service says Gordon will become a hurricane on Tuesday and the storm is expected to bring increased rain activity and storm surge, with a threat of flooding and isolated tornadoes. The NWS says the risk of these is expected to dramatically increase over the next 12 to 36 hours.

"All coastal Alabama residents need to prepare now ahead of tonight's potential landfall near Alabama. I have directed essential state agencies to be on the ready should they be needed over the next couple of days," Governor 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."

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