Mandatory Evacuations For Florida

Emergency management officials in Holmes and Jackson Counties have issued mandatory evacuation notices for residents living in mobile homes, substandard housing and low-lying areas.

But folks fleeing Hurricane Dennis could find there's no room at the inn as far as Alabama is concerned.

The Bureau of Tourism and Travel estimates that 98 percent of the state's motel rooms are full.

Earlier this evening, a few rooms were still available in Eufaula and Auburn, and some smaller towns in North Alabama.

Because of the scarcity of motel rooms, state officials are recommending that travelers contact the Red Cross to find shelter from the storm.

If you need traffic advisories or road closing information in the wake of the storm, you can call the state department of transportation’s toll-free hot-line. That same information can also be found on the world-wide web by visiting Alabama’s DOT website.

The Alabama Department of Public Safety says state trooper posts should only be contacted to report wrecks or other emergencies.