Governor issues Weather State of Emergency

In anticipation of today’s severe weather, Governor Ivey has issued a State of Emergency, which is attached to this e-mail.

Please see below for a statement from Governor Ivey.

From Governor Kay Ivey: “On this Easter Sunday, Alabama faces the potential for inclement weather, and we want all Alabama families to be prepared for whatever comes our way. Any provision of the COVID-19 orders is suspended to the extent that its application or enforcement would endanger any person affected by tonight’s severe weather. Shelters and community safe rooms should remain open and accessible to all individuals seeking refuge from this severe weather, while implementing reasonable practices and procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among those seeking shelter. My fellow Alabamians, stay vigilant, and stay safe this Easter Sunday.”

Here is information provided by the Alabama Emergency Management Agency

Here are some Severe Weather reminders for you as Easter Sunday approaches:

> Have a plan, identify your safer place and have shoes and helmets available.

> Contact your local jurisdictions and EMAs for status of local shelters.

> If Social and Physical Distancing is a challenge during sheltering, wear cloth masks (scarves & bandanas) and have hand sanitizer to slow the spread. Sheltering takes precedence!

> You must be prepared to handle the first 72 hours on your own (expect wide-spread power outages so water & food is important)

> Pack your emergency kits with first aid supplies, charge your batteries, flash lights and have extra batteries

> Have multiple ways to receive Critical Weather Intelligence and Nighttime ALERTS (smart devices, phones, TV, Computer, FM Wx Radios, etc)

> This will be a nighttime event. Nighttime tornadoes are twice as deadly.

> Some of these storms will move at 60-70 mph so you will have very little time to react.

> Be Vigilant! All modes of Severe Threats are possible in Multiple waves throughout the afternoon and nighttime:

> Multiple Long track EF-2+ Tornados > Straight line winds up to 75 mph

> Flash Floods (1-1.5 of rain/hour)

> Large golf ball to baseball size hail The first two NWS Graphics above depict our Easter Sunday severe weather setup (multiple cold fronts following a warm front) and why these storms are going to move FAST, are coming in multiple waves, and are potentially going to be severe from Sunday 1pm through Monday early AM. There are still some questions for Sunday late morning and early afternoon thunderstorm activity. A warm layer of air around 5000 ft (a CAP) will compete with an approaching initial upper level impulse. The warm air will act like a “CAP” on severe thunderstorm development, but the impulse may help break this CAP. If this CAP holds in place, storms may still develop in southwest AL after 11 am and elsewhere across much of the state after 1 pm, but with much less initial intensity. However, if the “CAP” is broken, the storms will quickly become supercells with high tornado potential. After 4 pm, the “CAP” will no longer be a factor, and clusters of storms, including supercells, will likely form across the western half of the state and spread eastward. In addition, an intense fast moving line of storms will enter the northwest sections after 9 pm. This activity will continue to push eastward and exit the southeast sections of the state between 3 am-6 am Monday. The entire state remains under the threat of long-track EF2 or greater tornadoes, as well as a high probability of straight-line wind damage. Between 2-4+ inches of rain (1-1.5 inches/hour) is forecast north of I-20 in the Tennessee River Valley. There could be isolated flash flooding, especially during Sunday overnight hours. We will continue to plan for the worst, and hope for the best.

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