Ivey declares second state of emergency; Hurricane Delta approaching Gulf Coast
Updated: Oct 7, 2020
Montgomery, Ala. - Governor Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency Tuesday as the Gulf Coast prepares for its second hurricane in less than a month.
Ivey also issued a mandatory evacuation for all tourists and visitors visiting or planning to visit Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Dauphin Island and the unincorporated area of Fort Morgan.
Just a few weeks after Hurricane Sally pounded coastal communities from Louisiana to Florida, newly formed Hurricane Delta will approach the Alabama coastline by the weekend. Delta is currently a Category 4 storm located south of the Cayman Islands with 130 mph winds, according to the National Hurricane Center’s latest update.
The current track has Delta impacting the Mexican resort towns of Cancun and Cozumel Tuesday night and Wednesday morning before turning northwards towards the southern Louisiana coastline.
Delta’s is expected to bring significant rainfall to already soaked coastline. High risks of rip currents will exist for Alabama’s Gulf Coast beginning this evening and likely lasting the rest of the week.
Delta may also impact college football scheduled for this weekend. Alabama travels to Ole Miss for a game scheduled to kick off at 5pm in Oxford. The storm is set to move into Mississippi at that time. Auburn will host Arkansas and rain is expected with winds up to 25 mph.
Delta is forecasted to be a Tropical Depression by Sunday, moving into North Alabama Saturday evening into Sunday morning.