[UPDATED] Alabama Governor, Kay Ivey has issued the State of Emergency for several counties ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto. The order covers 40 counties active at 6:00 a.m on Sunday, May 27, 2018.
The 40 counties included are as follows: Autauga, Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Bullock, Butler, Chambers, Chilton, Choctaw, Clarke, Coffee, Conecuh, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Dallas, Elmore, Escambia, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Henry, Houston, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Russell, Sumter, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Washington and Wilcox.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has declared that Alberto will soon become a Tropical Storm, and its track has shifted a bit further east. Nevertheless, beginning today until the middle of next week, significant impacts are expected to occur near the coast in Alabama. Widespread 3-7 inches of rain will happen with 6-12 inches closer to the shore. Some locations could experience 10 -15 inches. As a result, extreme flash and river flooding will occur. Moreover, it has been reported that there are threats for a prolonged tornado.
Brian E. Hastings, Director of Alabama Emergency Management Agency, reported that there is still uncertainty of where will landfall occur, which will be likely Monday or Tuesday morning. Regardless of the uncertainty, Hastings said that they are aware of the heavy rainfall and severe flash flooding Alberto will bring, so it is significant for the citizens to prepare now.
“As with any tropical weather event, being prepared is of utmost importance. Everyone should take the necessary precautions now and stay informed of the latest weather conditions for their area. This State of Emergency will ensure that all available state resources are ready when they are needed,” Governor Ivey said in a statement.
Go. Ivey also said that he directed “essential state agencies to be at the ready should they be needed over the next couple of days.”