From the Mobile County Commissions Office:
Isaac To Intensify; EMA Monitoring
The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on tropical storm Isaac… Isaac is expected to intensify to hurricane strength as it moves west northwest across the Gulf of Mexico. Please stay alert and monitor the media as the projected landfall could shift as the storm moves closer to the gulf coast.
Mobile county is currently under a hurricane warning, a hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical storm force winds…conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.
Governor Bentley has issued a state of emergency and a mandatory evacuation for zones 1 and 2 of Mobile County.
Citizens are advised to evacuate from coastal, low lying, and flood prone areas to higher ground and a safer area. Also citizens in sub-standard or manufactured housing should evacuate to a safer structure and out of any flood prone areas.
Stay tuned to your local media outlets for upcoming information regarding shelter locations and opening times. Information on shelters will be provided later this morning. Stay tuned for information regarding assisted evacuation.
Currently the tropical storm center located near 25.2n 84.2w at 27/0900z position accurate within 25 nm.
Now is the time to make those final preparations and get food and water, medications, and any other items that you will need for the storm landfall and the immediate time after the landfall. Now is also the time to make your evacuation decision and decide where you will go to get your family out of harm’s way.
Residents wanting sandbags should obtain them through local vendors such as Home Depot, Lowe’s and some hardware stores.
Tropical Storm Isaac has a high probability of uncertainty in terms of storm strength and the final landfall location. Citizens need to monitor the situation and maintain situational awareness as this storm continues to move towards the gulf coast.