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Hurricane Sally expected to affect Alabama Power lakes, result in spillway gate operations


Hurricane Sally is expected to bring heavy rains inland, which could affect Alabama Power lakes.

After making landfall, Sally is expected to move slowly across the state, dumping large amounts of rain in some areas. The latest forecast indicates the greatest impacts to Alabama Power lakes from heavy rains will be from Lay Dam to Jordan Dam on the Coosa River and from Harris Dam to Thurlow Dam on the Tallapoosa River. Spillway gate operations can be expected at these dams, as well as Jordan Dam on the Coosa and Martin and Yates dams on the Tallapoosa. Because of uncertainty about the precise inland path of the storm and local precipitation amounts, other Alabama Power lakes also could be affected.

During rain events, Alabama Power engineers evaluate conditions to project peak lake levels and spill conditions and share that information with the public. Alabama Power provides updates to those projections as necessary. Individuals with boats and other water-related equipment and facilities should pay close attention to Hurricane Sally, stay alert to changing conditions on Alabama Power reservoirs and be prepared to take the necessary steps to protect their property.

For details about Alabama Power lakes, visit or add the free Alabama Power Smart Lakes app to your mobile device. To view specific lake advisories on, click on the lake name and then click the circular information icon. On the Smart Lakes app, choose the lake and click “See Details” under Spillway Conditions. Individuals can also call Alabama Power’s automated Reservoir Information Line at 1-800-LAKES11 (1-800-525-3711).

This story via AlabamaNews Center

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