Severe weather potential for Gulf Shores beginning Thursday evening, April 18
The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting severe storms to impact the Gulf Shores area beginning late Thursday afternoon through early Friday morning.
Potential threats include damaging winds with speeds up to 70 miles per hour, tornadoes and localized flash flooding particularly in low lying and flood prone areas. People staying in mobile homes, campers, RVs and tents should take extra precaution to ensure their safety due to forecasted high winds. Between one to three inches of rain can be expected. High surf and dangerous rip currents will impact the beaches late Thursday through Friday night. Be sure to monitor the surf flag warning system.
The City of Gulf Shores urges its residents and visitors to take necessary precautions which include securing all outside items such as patio furniture, umbrellas, awnings, and trash/recycling receptacles. Please have an emergency plan in place and be sure to have multiple ways to receive weather warnings and information.
To stay current on weather updates, you may visit the National Weather Service website at www.weather.gov. For safety concerns, you may contact the Gulf Shores Police Department at 251-968-2431.