Weather Alert: State of emergency declared for Alabama

Published 11:51 am Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Governor Robert Bentley declared a State of Emergency for all Alabama counties as a result of severe weather impacting the state. Tornados, severe thunderstorms, hail, and straight line winds have begun moving into the state and more severe weather is expected with this weather system later today.

“Our Emergency Management Agency will continue to monitor this severe weather and will be prepared for any potential impact on our communities.  I urge Alabamians to do the same and heed weather warnings to protect their families, homes and businesses,” Bentley said. “The severe weather outbreak two weeks ago is still fresh on our minds and is a reminder that we must take the threat of severe weather seriously.”
David Adams, director of the Escambia County Emergency Management Agency, said wind advisories have already been issued and gusty winds will prevail throughout the day.

“A wind advisory has been issued for the county through 9 p.m.,” Adams said. “We can see strong southerly winds of 20 to 30 miles per hours with gusts as high as 35 miles per hour. All of this is due to a cold front approaching our area.”

Adams said the gusts could cause some damage throughout the area and urges residents to be alert to changing conditions.

“The winds may down some dead or poorly rooted trees and large limbs,” Adams said. “These strong, gusty winds can pose a hazard to drivers of high profile vehicles as well.”

The forecast also calls for a chance of severe thunderstorms in the area during the day and into Wednesday night as the cold front passes through, Adams said.

“These thunderstorms can produce damaging winds, frequent lightening, hail and occasional long-track tornadoes,” Adams said. “The National Weather Service in Mobile is predicting that the most severe weather crossing Escambia County could come in the early evening. However, as with all storms, that timing is subject to change.”

By declaring a State of Emergency, the Governor authorizes the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and other state agencies to assist communities, make the appropriate assessments of damage.
Adams said residents should remain alert to weather conditions as the day progresses and be prepared to take cover if warnings are issued by the national weather service.