Ivey closes beaches, recommends evacuation ahead of Hurricane Sally

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View of the beach in Fort Morgan Monday morning, Sept 14 (Courtesy of Chris Self)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Gov. Kay Ivey Monday morning issued a State of Emergency ahead of Hurricane Sally. Now, Ivey has issued a supplemental State of Emergency, closing Alabama beaches effective today, Sept. 14, at 3 p.m. Additionally, the governor is recommending evacuations near the coast.

From the supplemental State of Emergency:

“Effective today, September 14, 2020, at 3:00 p.m., all persons in the following covered areas- other than personnel needed to ensure public health and safety – are strongly recommended to evacuate to other areas until the threat of flooding has subsided. Covered areas include low lying areas, flood prone areas, and mobile or manufactured homes located in Mobile and Baldwin Counties south of I-10. Persons subject to this recommendation should heed the warnings and recommendations of local officials and local emergency management agencies and seek safer terrain as soon as possible.”

Ivey issued the following statement:

“As the recently upgraded Hurricane Sally continues heading closer to the Gulf Coast, we must give individuals time to prepare for the anticipated impacts of this storm. Through a supplemental state of emergency declaration, I am closing all Alabama beaches effective today at 3:00 p.m. and recommending an evacuation, especially of non-residents, and those living in flood-prone areas south of I-10. Alabamians are no stranger to tropical weather and the significant damage these storms can do, even though our state is not currently in the direct line of impact. Locals will need to prepare their homes, businesses and personal property for imminent storm surge, heavy rain and flash flooding. I urge everyone to tune in to their trusted weather source, and pay attention to your local officials for updates regarding your area as they make further recommendations based off the unique needs of your community. I am staying engaged with our emergency response team at the state level as well as our local officials in Mobile and Baldwin counties, and we will be providing assistance wherever needed. I ask everyone to use their best judgement and practice personal responsibility to ensure safety of themselves, their families and our first responders. Stay weather aware!”

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Wendy Sack

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