Tourists to evacuate, Gov. Ivey declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Delta
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WAFF) - Governor Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency Tuesday morning ahead of Hurricane Delta.
Now, the governor has issued a supplemental State of Emergency, urging all visitors and tourists to evacuate the Alabama Gulf Coast.
From Governor Kay Ivey:
"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.
Effective October 7 at 7 a.m., all covered persons in the area shall immediately evacuate themselves from the area until the order is rescinded or modified.
Delta is projected to make landfall along the Louisiana coast later this week. Precisely where the hurricane tracks will determine the extent of our impacts here in Alabama.
Ivey said the state of emergency will begin Alabama’s preparations for Delta and allow the state to declare a pre-landfall disaster declaration with FEMA.
See the Governor’s original State of Emergency statement below:
As our coastal areas are still recovering from Hurricane Sally, another system, Hurricane Delta, is making its way toward the Gulf Coast and could potentially have a significant impact on Alabama.
Therefore, I signed a State of Emergency to begin Alabama’s preparation process and position us to be able to declare a pre-landfall disaster declaration with FEMA. As residents along the Gulf Coast know all too well, these storms are unpredictable, and I strongly encourage everyone to take Hurricane Delta seriously. We are keeping a close eye on this approaching storm and we will continue providing all necessary updates.
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