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Governor Issues State of Emergency for 40 Alabama Counties (including Tuscaloosa) Ahead of Alberto - Druid City Living, Tuscaloosa's premier community newspaper.

Governor Issues State of Emergency for 40 Alabama Counties (including Tuscaloosa) Ahead of Alberto

Governor Kay Ivey has issued a State of Emergency effective at 6:00 a.m. Sunday, May 27, for several Alabama counties in preparation for Subtropical Storm Alberto.This includes Tuscaloosa County.

“All Alabamians should take time to be prepared for the potential of significant flooding. I have directed essential state agencies to be on the ready should they be needed over the next couple of days,” Ivey said. “As with any tropical weather event, being prepared is of utmost importance. Everyone should take the necessary precautions now and stay informed of the latest weather conditions for their area. This State of Emergency will ensure that all available state resources are ready when they are needed.”

The counties included are, in alphabetical order: Autauga, Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Bullock, Butler, Chambers, Chilton, Choctaw, Clarke, Coffee, Conecuh, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Dallas, Elmore, Escambia, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Henry, Houston, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Russell, Sumter, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Washington and Wilcox.

At the direction of Governor Ivey, the State Emergency Operations Center in Clanton has been activated since Friday in preparation for Alberto and The Alabama National Guard (ALNG) has activated its High Water Evacuation Teams (HWET) to support Divisions A and B, in the coastal and southeastern portion of the state. Both Divisions, A and B, will activate Sunday morning. The ALNG soldiers will also provide support in the command and control center.

“There is still uncertainty of where landfall will occur, which will likely be late Monday or early Tuesday morning,” Director of Alabama Emergency Management Agency Brian E. Hastings said. “Regardless of the final track and intensity of Alberto, we know it will produce heavy rainfall and flash flooding in several counties, and the time to prepare is now. Residents and tourist are strongly encouraging people to closely monitor this forecast.”

By declaring a State of Emergency, Governor Ivey is directing the appropriate state agencies to exercise their statutory authority to assist the communities and entities impacted by Subtropical Storm Alberto.

For real-time road conditions, the Alabama Department of Transportation is encouraging people to visit https://algotraffic.com

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