Update from Governor Kay Ivey on Hurricane Sally

By  | September 14, 2020 | Filed under: News

Noaa And Air Force Aircraft Reports That Sally Has Rapidly Strengthen Into A Hurricane  MONTGOMERY-On Monday, September 14, Governor Ivey declared a state of emergency ahead of the anticipated tropical weather impact. As Hurricane Sally continues making her way toward the Gulf Coast, Governor Ivey issued a supplemental state of emergency. The proclamation is attached.

In conjunction with her decision to issue a supplemental state of emergency, Governor Ivey issued the following statement.

“As the recently upgraded Hurricane Sally continues heading closer to the Gulf Coast, we must give individuals time to prepare for the anticipated impacts of this storm. Through a supplemental state of emergency declaration, I am closing all Alabama beaches effective today at 3:00 p.m. and recommending an evacuation, especially of non-residents, and those living in flood-prone areas south of I-10. Alabamians are no stranger to tropical weather and the significant damage these storms can do, even though our state is not currently in the direct line of impact. Locals will need to prepare their homes, businesses and personal property for imminent storm surge, heavy rain and flash flooding. I urge everyone to tune in to their trusted weather source, and pay attention to your local officials for updates regarding your area as they make further recommendations based off the unique needs of your community. I am staying engaged with our emergency response team at the state level as well as our local officials in Mobile and Baldwin counties, and we will be providing assistance wherever needed. I ask everyone to use their best judgement and practice personal responsibility to ensure safety of themselves, their families and our first responders. Stay weather aware!”





WHEREAS, earlier today, I proclaimed the existence of a state of emergency based on the imminent threat of Tropical Storm Sally, which has now strengthened into Hurricane Sally, with the potential to make landfall in or near Mobile and Baldwin counties;

WHEREAS that initial proclamation included provisions designed to assist in preventing and mitigating the consequences of this storm event, including risk of physical injury and death, damage to property, and disruption of essential utility systems; and

VVHEREAS beach closures and recommended evacuations in the potentially affected areas are additional measures that could prevent or mitigate the consequences of this storm event;

NOW THEREFORE, 1, Kay Ivey, Governor of the State of Alabama, pursuant to the relevant provisions of the Alabama Emergency Management Act of 1955, as amended, Ala. Code SS 31-9-1 et seq., do hereby proclaim the existence of conditions that warrant implementation of additional extraordinary measures and relief during the state of emergency now in effect. I therefore proclaim and direct the following:

  1. Beach Closures

Effective today, September 14, 2020, at 3:00 p.m., all beaches shall be closed. For purposes of this section, the term “beach” means the sandy shoreline area abutting the Gulf of Mexico, whether privately or publicly owned, including beach access points.

Il. Recommended Evacuation

Effective today, September 14, 2020, at 3:00 p.m., all persons in the following covered areas—other than personnel needed to ensure public health and safety —are strongly recommended to evacuate to other areas until the threat of flooding has subsided. Covered areas include low lying areas, flood prone areas, and mobile or manufactured homes located in Mobile and Baldwin Counties south of 1-10. Persons subject to this recommendation should heed the warnings and recommendations of local officials and local emergency management agencies and seek safer terrain as soon as possible.

FURTHER, to the extent a provision in this supplemental proclamation conflicts with any provision of state law, that law is herby suspended for the duration of this state of emergency, and this proclamation shall control.

FURTHER, I declare that this proclamation, and all subsequent orders, laws, rules, or regulations issued pursuant hereto, shall remain in full force and effect for the duration of this state of emergency, except as otherwise expressly specified.

IN WITNESS, WHEREOF, 1 have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal to be affixed by the Secretary of State at the State Capitol in the City of Montgomery on this the 14th day of September 2020.

Kay Ivey Governor


John H. Merrill

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