Riley Prepares State

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The governor said today that he does not expect to issue a State of Emergency for Alabama for either Tropical Storm Bonnie or Hurricane Charley.

But Bob Riley said four state agencies are on standby status in case the storms change direction and pose a threat to Alabama.

He said emergency equipment has been placed on Maxwell Air Force
Base in Montgomery if its needed.

Riley held a meeting this morning with the directors of emergency management, public safety, transportation and the National Guard.

According to Scott Adcock, spokesman with the state EMA office, Alabama is on the weaker side of Bonnie and he said the storm's overall impact should be limited to heavy rain in the southern part of the state -- mainly the Wiregrass region. He said emergency operations centers already are activated in Geneva, Houston and Covington counties.

Riley also said he plans to call Florida Governor Jeb Bush to offer Alabama's assistance if that state is hard hit by Bonnie and Charley.

August 12th 11:28 AM