Governor Robert Bentley on Sunday encouraged Alabamians to prepare for Tropical Storm Debby and keep watch on changing weather conditions and forecasts as agencies monitor the track of the storm.
According to the National Weather Service, Debby is currently a tropical storm with winds at 60 mph and could potentially strengthen before making landfall somewhere along on the Gulf Coast.
"Now is the time to make sure you and your family are ready for any potential impact on the state," Governor Bentley said. "While forecast tracks show the center of the storm likely entering Louisiana, the 'cone of uncertainty' from the National Weather Service includes the Alabama Gulf Coast. Some inland areas in the state could also be affected. Take the time you have now to go ahead and prepare for what may lie ahead. We are closely monitoring this storm and are preparing to respond as needed. We urge the public to monitor updated forecasts and stay aware of the situation in the Gulf."
Governor Bentley and Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner will continue to be in close contact with the National Weather Service and local emergency management officials in counties throughout the state to discuss storm preparation and response.
"A major part of being prepared for any potential severe weather event is having a reliable device to receive weather updates," Director Faulkner said. "One of the best devices is an all-hazard weather radio. By staying close to various sources of weather information, you can stay ahead of the storm and make sure you are prepared."
The National Weather Service has issued Tropical Storm Warnings extending from Morgan City, Louisiana eastward to the Suwannee River in Florida, including all of the Alabama Gulf Coast. A tropical Storm Watch extends from the Suwannee River south to Anclote Key, Florida.
It is important for people to stay aware of the possibility for inland flooding as this system has the potential to produce heavy rain. Dangerous rip currents are an additional threat.
Interests all along the Alabama Gulf Coast should keep an eye on this storm as it continues its slow movement. For additional information, visit www.ema.alabama.gov.