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In a Special City Council Meeting this morning, Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft and members of the City Council declared a State of Emergency for the City of Gulf Shores due to Tropical Storm Sally.
As of the 6 a.m., Monday, September 14, advisory issued by the National Weather Service, a Hurricane Warning, Storm Surge Warning and Flash Flood Watch are now in effect for the Coastal Baldwin County area, which includes the City Gulf Shores and the Fort Morgan Peninsula.
A Dangerous and potentially historic rainfall and flooding event is becoming likely for our area. Significant rainfall totals in the amounts of 8 to 16 inches with localized amounts of 25 inches are possible, and tropical-storm-force gusts (40-50 mph) are anticipated throughout the storm’s duration. In addition, surf height of up to 15 feet and a storm surge inundation of 4 to 6 feet is expected and subject to increase if there is a further eastward shift in Tropical Storm Sally’s track. The combination of severe weather and the projected high tide creates an extremely dangerous situation. All residents and visitors should continue to stay weather alert.
These conditions will present a high risk of deadly rip currents and coastal flooding for low-lying areas. Residents living along the Fort Morgan Peninsula, Plash Island, other low-lying areas, and those residing in mobile homes, campgrounds and RV parks should take all necessary precautions to protect themselves and their property.
These areas include, but are not limited to, the following:
Some roadways are expected to become impassable due to standing water. In case of an emergency, dial 9-1-1. Do not walk, swim or drive through flood and standing waters. Remember, “Turn around, don’t drown!”
Storm preparations should begin immediately. Please take the following precautions and to continue to monitor this situation very closely:
For the latest updates and advisories, continue to follow local media and the National Weather Service Mobile at https://www.weather.gov/MOB for continued updates.
For Gulf Shores City Schools related notices, please visit https://www.gsboe.org/.
The City of Gulf Shores will continue to share updates through our City’s website and our social media channels. To receive updates via email or text message, please visit www.gulfshoresal.gov and click on “Notify Me.”