Alabama declares state of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm GordonTuesday, September 04, 2018
Following other Gulf Coast states, Alabama governor Kay Ivey this morning proclaimed a State of Emergency effective immediately ahead of Tropical Storm Gordon, which is currently brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, off the Florida Panhandle.
According to weather reports, the storm’s path has slowed but is building strength and could be upgraded to hurricane status within the next 24-36 hours. Forecasters expect landfall in Mobile and Baldwin counties sometime within that time frame.
Of note for trucking operations, Gov. Ivey’s proclamation relaxes hours of service requirements for drivers hauling emergency aid or equipment to affected areas. It also makes state resources and personnel available when and if needed.
NOTE: A copy of Gov. Ivey’s proclamation with HOS information is available here.
If your vehicles are involved with relief efforts, we recommend you print a copy of the proclamation and keep it in the cab with the driver at all times.
The governor’s office warns residents to stay weather-aware and follow real-time information. A flash flood watch has been issued for Mobile and Baldwin counties, where 4 to 6 in. of rain is possible, and double red flags, meaning the water is closed to the public because of hazardous surf and tides, flew at Gulf Shores, AL.com reported. Single red flags had been raised earlier in Orange Beach, and in Panama City and Destin, Florida. Rip current levels are expected to remain high for the remainder of the day into tomorrow, according to reports.