Hurricane Irma and Alabama

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Alabama Hurricane Irma Updates

Resources and news items complied by the WBHM news team

  1. Many area schools closing tomorrow for #Irma: Jeffco, Pell City, Sylacauga, Oxford, Bessemer, Etowah, Leeds, St.Clair Co, Talladega, Walker.
  2. With high winds, power outages are possible. @alabamapower recommends keeping cell phones charged and having weather radios handy. #Irma  https://twitter.com/alabamapower/status/906989459899666432 
  3. Ivey says President Trump called her twice today with assurances he’s ready to help Alabama as needed. #hurricaneirma2017
  4. Meteorologist with @NWSBirmingham: AL hasn’t been under an active tropical storm warning since 2009. AL no stranger to severe weather.
  5. Gov. Kay Ivey to Alabama residents: “We must take this storm seriously.” Stock up on supplies, prepare emergency kits. #IrmaHurricane2017
  6. Some local roadways congested, but overall traffic is moving well. -George Conner of AL Dept of Transportation #IrmaHurricane2017
  7. George Conner of AL Dept of Transportation: most up-to-date info on roadways and traffic is here:  http://www.algotraffic.com  #hurricaneirma2017
  8. AL officials have asked travelers to call 211. Connects to state services. Since Friday, they’ve received 700+ calls. #hurricaneirma2017
  9. Ivey press conference: will start with larger shelters that can sustain significant winds. Tiered response to conserve state resources.
  10. Two Red Cross shelters open in Alabama. Not at capacity. State officials plan to open more shelters in stages. #hurricaneirma2017
  11. During Gov. Ivey’s press conf on #Irma, residents urged to prep now. Mobile home residents should move to sturdier structures through Tues.
  12. ICYMI:  Winds are picking up across Central AL tonight. Stronger winds come in Monday into Tuesday morning. Now is the time to prepare! #alwx https://t.co/r5vPrst6Bv
    ICYMI:
    Winds are picking up across Central AL tonight. Stronger winds come in Monday into Tuesday morning. Now is the time to prepare! #alwx pic.twitter.com/r5vPrst6Bv
  13. For those still unclear about hurricane winds…
  14. Calhoun County Schools are CLOSED Monday and Tuesday due to Tropical storm Irma.
  15. A hazard-management team from #Minnesota camps out w' @bham_fire on way to #Florida. Listen to/follow @wbhm for more on #Irma. Cc MN_IMT https://t.co/JoIKX5Hk4m
    A hazard-management team from #Minnesota camps out w’ @bham_fire on way to #Florida. Listen to/follow @WBHM for more on #Irma. Cc MN_IMT pic.twitter.com/JoIKX5Hk4m
  16. At the authorization of @GovernorKayIvey, the SEOC in Clanton is activated at level one, due to the potential impact of Hurricane #Irma. pic.twitter.com/nOn9zYBNJw
  17. Helpful tips to consider today before heavy rain and strong winds impact eastern and portions of central Alabama. https://t.co/xm0ADc5Zp1
    Helpful tips to consider today before heavy rain and strong winds impact eastern and portions of central Alabama. pic.twitter.com/xm0ADc5Zp1
  18. Also good for those in east-central Alabama to make preparations for possible power outages tomorrow and Tuesday as well.
  19. Those in east-central Alabama should bring inside any fairly lightweight or high-profile belongings that may blow around in gusty winds.
  20. As a reminder, the 211 call centers are staffed 24hours a day & are ready to assist evacuees coming into the state #Irma @FLSERT  https://twitter.com/alabamaema/status/906238925903200256 
  21. AU ALERT: Classes canceled, normal ops suspended for Monday 9/11/17 due to Hurricane Irma. Monitor  http://auburn.edu  for updates.
  22. The National Weather Service in Birmingham Saturday afternoon said Hurricane Irma will affect parts of Alabama on Monday and Tuesday. The eastern portion of the state will feel the effects most, including Birmingham, Clanton, Montgomery, Troy, Eufala, Alexander City, Anniston, Gadsden, and Auburn. Those areas could see 25-40 mph winds, and wind gusts as high as 55 mph. Rainfall totals will be from 1 to 3 inches. NWS meteorologist Gerald Satterwhite said Irma is not expected to pose a tornado threat in Alabama. The National Weather Service in Birmingham covers 39 counties.
  23. The National Weather Service in Tallahassee has issued a hurricane warning for counties in southeast Alabama.
  24. An update on expected impacts from Irma. Check back for updates through the weekend as the forecast track for Irma becomes more defined. https://t.co/ThZNjI2qME
    An update on expected impacts from Irma. Check back for updates through the weekend as the forecast track for Irma becomes more defined. pic.twitter.com/ThZNjI2qME
  25. Hurricane Warnings have been issued for Eastern Big Bend counties. Watches have been extended inland and westward. pic.twitter.com/XZ84MKaCdr
  26. State of Emergency expanded in Alabama
  27. Update from the City of Birmingham on possible shelter opening
  28. State of Alabama website with resources for Hurricane Irma evacuees
  29. Boutwell Auditorium will continue as the drop off location for donated supplies (canned goods and bottled water) starting Monday 8am-6pm
  30. When the existing shelter at ASU in Montgomery reaches 2/3 capacity, Birmingham will be activated and will open Bill Harris Arena
  31. Storm shelters for evacuees in Alabama will be filled from South to North.
  32. Happening now: Mayor Bell joins the Red Cross and the Emergency Management Association to… https://t.co/oegaBxEm6z
    Happening now: Mayor Bell joins the Red Cross and the Emergency Management Association to…  https://www.instagram.com/p/BY0l3G3jffw/