Governor Kay Ivey issued a State of Emergency effective 7 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, for several Alabama counties in preparation for Tropical Storm Gordon.
The counties included are Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe and Washington.
According to the National Weather Service, Gordon will become a hurricane later in the day Sept. 4 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.
“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. “This State of Emergency will ensure that all available state resources are ready when they are needed.”
The State Emergency Operations Center in Clanton has activated in preparation for Gordon and the Alabama National Guard has activated teams to support Division A, in the coastal portion of the state. The ALNG soldiers will also provide support in the command and control center.
For real-time road conditions, the Alabama Department of Transportation is encouraging people to visit https://algotraffic.com/.