Alabama declares state of emergency ahead of Nate - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Alabama declares state of emergency ahead of Nate

Gov. Ivey addresses the state about preparation for Tropical Storm Nate. (Source: WSFA 12 News) Gov. Ivey addresses the state about preparation for Tropical Storm Nate. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Gov. Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency for Alabama that went effect at 7 a.m. Friday ahead of Tropical Storm Nate.

"It is impossible for us to know how this storm will play out. However, I want to make it real clear. We are not taking this threat likely,” Ivey said Thursday.

[Read the latest weather information HERE]

Nate is expected to be a Category 1 hurricane when it makes landfall on the Gulf Coast.

Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Brian Hastings discussed the impacts he's expecting.

“In Mobile and Baldwin county, there's going to be a surge and tide and flooding event in the low lying areas,” Hastings said. “In other places there may be flash floods that are localized for the rain event. But the majority of Alabama will see a wind event that if it continues as the forecasts say, it will result in some power outages because trees will fall on power lines.”

Ivey explained the reason for the state of emergency.

“I have signed the State of Emergency, because it frees up personnel and resources in case there is a need to respond to any storm related activity,” Ivey said. “State and local leaders are ready to respond if needed, but our people need to stay weather-aware and heed any directions given by local officials.”

Ivey has ordered the State of Emergency Operations Center in Clanton to activate to Level Three, allowing AEMA staff to monitor and prepare for the impact of Nate. The Department of Transportation, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the Alabama Department of Public Health, the Alabama Department of Human Resources, the Alabama Forestry Commission and the Alabama National Guard are prepared to respond as well. 

“The time for residents to prepare is now. Please build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, have a plan to communicate with family members if you lose power, review your evacuation plan with your family, stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and have a method to receive the latest weather updates and emergency instructions,” Hastings said. “It is important for Alabama residents to understand the potential threat of this storm goes beyond the coastal counties.  Everyone needs to closely monitor this system as it moves across the state in the coming days.”

“Lives cannot be replaced,” added Hastings. “So as you make the choice to do a voluntary evacuation or leave the area you think is at risk to mitigate your exposure to that threat, you should take solace in you're protecting your family. You're doing what's right because it feels good to you on an individual level.”

At this time, the governor is not ordering a mandatory evacuation of the state's coast but voluntary evacuations are in effect for parts of Baldwin and Mobile counties.

Copyright 2017 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved.

  • National, world weatherWeather and disaster coverageMore>>

  • breaking

    At least 23 injured after lava explosion near tour boat off Big Island

    At least 23 injured after lava explosion near tour boat off Big Island

    Monday, July 16 2018 4:29 PM EDT2018-07-16 20:29:55 GMT

    At least one person was transported to a hospital after a lava explosion near a tour boat off Kapoho on Monday morning, according to Big Island fire officials. 

    At least one person was transported to a hospital after a lava explosion near a tour boat off Kapoho on Monday morning, according to Big Island fire officials. 

  • Deadly fire shuts down key route to Yosemite National Park

    Deadly fire shuts down key route to Yosemite National Park

    Sunday, July 15 2018 2:04 PM EDT2018-07-15 18:04:23 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 2:54 PM EDT2018-07-16 18:54:32 GMT
    (Andrew Kuhn /The Merced Sun-Star via AP). Crews battle the Ferguson Fire along steep terrain behind the Redbud Lodge along Highway 140 near El Portal in Mariposa County, Calif., on Saturday, July 14, 2018.(Andrew Kuhn /The Merced Sun-Star via AP). Crews battle the Ferguson Fire along steep terrain behind the Redbud Lodge along Highway 140 near El Portal in Mariposa County, Calif., on Saturday, July 14, 2018.

    A wildfire that killed a California firefighter has grown quickly and forced the closure of a key route into Yosemite National Park.

    A wildfire that killed a California firefighter has grown quickly and forced the closure of a key route into Yosemite National Park.

  • Greenland village watches looming iceberg, weather forecast

    Greenland village watches looming iceberg, weather forecast

    Sunday, July 15 2018 11:02 AM EDT2018-07-15 15:02:46 GMT
    Sunday, July 15 2018 11:34 AM EDT2018-07-15 15:34:23 GMT
    (Magnus Kristensen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP). CAPTION CORRECTS PHOTOGRAPHER BYLINE In this Thursday, July 12, 2018 photo, a view of an Iceberg, near the village Innarsuit, on the northwestern Greenlandic coast. Scientists have watched an iceberg four mile...(Magnus Kristensen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP). CAPTION CORRECTS PHOTOGRAPHER BYLINE In this Thursday, July 12, 2018 photo, a view of an Iceberg, near the village Innarsuit, on the northwestern Greenlandic coast. Scientists have watched an iceberg four mile...
    Low-lying areas of a village in northwestern Greenland remain evacuated as villagers and local authorities monitor a vast iceberg for signs it could move closer or break apart, threatening the remote settlement.
    Low-lying areas of a village in northwestern Greenland remain evacuated as villagers and local authorities monitor a vast iceberg for signs it could move closer or break apart, threatening the remote settlement.
  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • Man wanted, possibly armed after police chase on I-55

    Man wanted, possibly armed after police chase on I-55

    Monday, July 16 2018 4:24 PM EDT2018-07-16 20:24:49 GMT
    Cody Gustin is wanted after leading officers on a chase on I-55. (Source: Perry County Sheriff's Office)Cody Gustin is wanted after leading officers on a chase on I-55. (Source: Perry County Sheriff's Office)

    A Cape Girardeau man is wanted and possibly armed after leading officers on a chase on Interstate 55 on Monday morning, July 16.

    A Cape Girardeau man is wanted and possibly armed after leading officers on a chase on Interstate 55 on Monday morning, July 16.

  • Walker’s Bluff General Store closing

    Monday, July 16 2018 4:15 PM EDT2018-07-16 20:15:50 GMT
    Walker’s Bluff has announced it will close the Walker’s Bluff General Store and reorganize its operations.(Source: Pixabay.com)Walker’s Bluff has announced it will close the Walker’s Bluff General Store and reorganize its operations.(Source: Pixabay.com)
    Walker’s Bluff has announced it will close the Walker’s Bluff General Store and reorganize its operations.(Source: Pixabay.com)Walker’s Bluff has announced it will close the Walker’s Bluff General Store and reorganize its operations.(Source: Pixabay.com)

    Walker’s Bluff has announced it will close the Walker’s Bluff General Store and reorganize its operations.

    Walker’s Bluff has announced it will close the Walker’s Bluff General Store and reorganize its operations.

  • First Alert: Feels like temperatures back in the triple digits

    First Alert: Feels like temperatures back in the triple digits

    Monday, July 16 2018 3:51 PM EDT2018-07-16 19:51:40 GMT
    Hot and muggy Monday with a chance of thunderstorms today. (Source: William Foeste/cNews)Hot and muggy Monday with a chance of thunderstorms today. (Source: William Foeste/cNews)

    Temperatures this evening will slowly begin to fall through the 80s. by morning lows will be in the lower 70s.

    Temperatures this evening will slowly begin to fall through the 80s. by morning lows will be in the lower 70s.

Powered by Frankly