State of Emergency Declared in Alabama

Gov. Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency, as forecasts showed Tropical Storm Nate bound for Alabama.  Ivey says the declaration allows the state flexibility in mobilizing personnel and resources, if a response is necessary.  Fox 6 chief meterologist JP Dice said Nate is likely to make landfall Sunday morning as a Category One Hurricane.   Dice said coastal Alabama was likely to experience winds of up to 85 mph, and a storm surge of 2-4 feet.   In central Alabama, the storm was predicted to be mainly a rainmaker with some gusty winds during Sunday afternoon and evening.   Ivey activated the National Guard, but issued no mandatory evacuation orders.    Those decisions would be made by local authorities in Mobile and Baldwin counties, the governor said.

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