MONTGOMERY, Ala.- On Tuesday morning Governor Kay Ivey a declared a statewide State of Emergency in anticipation of severe weather moving through Alabama starting on Tuesday.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting significant flash flooding possible, especially closer to the coast, Tuesday through Thursday as tropical moisture moves northward into the state.

“Hurricane season is underway, and that means the potential for increased tropical activity along the Gulf Coast,” Governor Kay Ivey said. “To ensure the state of Alabama is prepared, I have issued a State of Emergency effective today. This State of Emergency will guarantee state resources are on standby and are ready to assist impacted communities if necessary.”

According to the NWS, much of the Alabama coast is under a Coastal Flood Advisory and a Flash Flood Watch.

Governor Ivey also ordered the State Emergency Operations Center in Clanton activated to level three. This level of activation will allow AEMA staff to monitor the impact of the severe weather. In addition, the Alabama National Guard is being activated in preparation for the potential impact of the severe weather.

“Based on the forecast and prediction of the National Weather Service Offices for Alabama, residents need to start preparing for widespread rain totals of 4 to 8 inches with isolated areas of greater than 10 inches possible through Thursday,” Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director, Art Faulkner said. “Being prepared for potential flood conditions is critical, because flash flooding can be a very dangerous situation.”

The State of Emergency will be effective at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday and will remain in effect until the threat diminishes.

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