Ivey declares state of emergency ahead of TS Gordon

Published 10:26 am Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Gov. Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency for several southern counties ahead of Tropical Storm Gordon’s expected landfall tonight.

The counties include Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe and Washington.

Ivey made the proclamation this morning.

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According to the National Weather Service’s 10 a.m. update, Gordon’s maximum sustained wind is 65 miles per hour, and is moving northwest at 15 mph.

The Atmore area is under a flash flood watch from today until Wednesday night.

In the Bratt, Fla. area, the NWS issued a tropical storm warning from now until further notice. Additionally, the flash flood watch is also in effect.

According to the National Weather Service, Gordon will become a hurricane later today, and this storm system is expected to bring increased rain activity and storm surge, with the threat of flooding and isolated tornadoes, the risk of which is expected to dramatically increase over the next 12 to 36 hours, Ivey’s office said.

“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,” 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.”