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Alabama governor lifts mandatory evacuations

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By JAY REEVES
Associated Press

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Robert Bentley has lifted the mandatory evacuation order for parts of Alabama's two coastal counties.

Bentley had ordered residents of low-lying coastal areas and flood-prone areas of Mobile and Baldwin counties to evacuate Monday. But he announced Tuesday that he was revising the order due to the National Hurricane Center lifting its hurricane warning for the Alabama coast.

Bentley said voluntary evacuations are now in effect, but he's recommending that people in low-lying, flood-prone areas should still move to safer locations because of heavy rains and the storm surge.

The Mobile County Commission reports that more than 160 people are using shelters that have opened in the county.

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