Gov. Ivey issues State of Emergency ahead of Hurricane Delta

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Gov. Kay Ivey (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — In the midst of hurricane season, Gov. Kay Ivey has issued a state of emergency for the Gulf Coast region of Alabama ahead of Hurricane Delta’s landfall.

Ivey issued the proclamation Tuesday ahead of the hurricane’s predicted landfall later this week, specifically in the Baldwin and Mobile County areas. Last month, Ivey issued a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Sally, which flooded many parts of south Alabama and caused massive power outages across the region.

In the proclamation, Ivey stated that she felt the area was in danger and that the possibility of mass damage and power outages were likely, given the current strength of the hurricane. In addition, Ivey activated the National Guard to standby in case of emergency.

As part of the proclamation, Ivey rescinded parts of the state’s COVID-19 for the area that could hinder people from being able to make the necessary preparations ahead of the storm.

The governor has issued a supplemental State of Emergency as Alabama continues to make preparations ahead of Hurricane Delta. Governor Ivey issued the following statement:

“Working with local leaders in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Dauphin Island and the unincorporated areas of Ono Island and Fort Morgan, it has been determined that all visitors and tourists should proceed with a mandatory evacuation of the Alabama Gulf Coast starting first thing tomorrow morning. This is for their safety and well-being, as well as for the safety and well-being of locals who are working to prepare their communities in the event Hurricane Delta tracks more easterly.

Unless you are a local resident with a hurricane pass or have a pass or decal that has been issued to contractors, property management or other businesses working in response to Hurricane Sally, this mandatory evacuation notice should help us prepare for the worst, even as we hope for the best.”

Gov. Kay Ivey

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