In anticipation of a potential impact from Tropical Storm Nate, Governor Kay Ivey issued a State of Emergency Thursday. The measure is effective as of Friday at 7:00 a.m. and will remain in effect until the threat diminishes.
Nate is expected to reach the northern Gulf Coast this weekend as a hurricane when it makes landfall on Sunday morning according to the National Hurricane Center.
The National Weather Service is expecting Nate to bring direct impacts from wind, storm surge and heavy rain. Landfall is expected Sunday morning between southeast Louisiana and the Florida peninsula. In Alabama, winds of 75 mph and gusts to 90 mph are expected near the coast. Further inland over the western 2/3 of the state, sustained winds of 35-45 mph with gusts to 60 mph are forecasted as far north as the Birmingham/Gadsden region.
“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,” Governor 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.”
Governor Ivey also ordered the State Emergency Operations Center in Clanton to activate to Level Three to allow AEMA staff to monitor and prepare for Nate’s impact. In addition, several state agencies such as 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 have been notified and 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,” Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Brian 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.”