MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Gov. Robert Bentley has kicked of Hurricane Emergency Preparedness Week with a seminar and workshop at the Alabama Emergency Management Agency's headquarters in Clanton.
Bentley said Thursday getting ready for hurricane season is an educational process. The governor said each storm is different and state officials have to make decisions in real time.
National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Stefkovich advised Alabamians to heed evacuation orders. He said the most severe damage from hurricanes comes from the water, including the storm surge and flooding.
The meteorologist who's in charge of the Weather Service office in Calera said he expects an average storm season in Alabama.