Gov. Robert Bentley held a news conference Monday in Mobile, where he said the sunny skies give a false sense of security. He said he ordered a mandatory evacuation of low-lying areas in Mobile and Baldwin counties and declared a state of emergency to make sure people had plenty of time to get out and to make sure all types of help, including the National Guard, are on standby.
Meteorologist Jeff Garmon of the National Weather Service says the Alabama coast could experience a storm surge of four feet and 8-12 inches of rain if Isaac stays on its current path toward Louisiana. But he warned that those numbers could rise if Isaac shifts east.