Storm keeps Bentley in state; cancels trip to GOP convention

Published 2:23 pm Saturday, August 25, 2012

Gov. Robert Bentley urged Alabamians to keep watch on changing weather conditions as Tropical Storm Isaac continues to move toward the northwest in a statement released today (Saturday). Bentley also announced he is canceling his plans to attend the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

“I will not be leaving the state while there is a danger of a hurricane approaching our coast,” Bentley said.  “I am going to stay in Alabama and will continue to make sure preparations and resources are in place.  We will see our state through this storm until the danger has passed.”

Bentley also encouraged people throughout the state to monitor updated forecasts.  Isaac could bring damaging winds and heavy rains to Alabama, and people need to use this time ahead of the storm to prepare.

“Whether you’re on the coast or inland, everyone needs to be ready for what Isaac may bring,” Bentley said.  “Forecasts and weather conditions can change quickly, and I urge everyone to stay close to sources of weather information and take precautions ahead of the storm.”

Alabama has a variety of resources available to help people prepare.  The Ready Alabama website,, includes helpful suggestions on preparing for natural disasters.  Ready Alabama information is also available on Twitter by following @readyalabama.  The Alabama Emergency Management Agency also has information online at and on Twitter by following @AlabamaEMA.

Bentley and Alabama EMA officials will continue to monitor Isaac and will issue updates as needed.