State of Emergency in Alabama


Gov. Kay Ivey Monday declared a state of emergency, as Hurricane Sally strengthened in the Gulf of Mexico. "We pray that Sally doesn't do any harm, but we must be prepared, just in case," Ivey said. "As your governor, you have my assurance, that every resource will be available, should we need it." Sally gained steam Monday, going from a tropical storm to a Category Two hurricane, with top sustained winds of 100 miles per hour. The storm was expected to bring possible historic flooding, with rainfall totals predicted to hit 25 inches in parts of coastal Alabama, forecasters said. A life-threatening storm surge of 6-9 feet was also possible, the National Weather Service said. Landfall was expected near Biloxi, Miss. overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.

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