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City of Orange Beach issues State of Emergency

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ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) -

The National Weather Service has issued hurricane and storm surge warnings for the entire Alabama coast in advance of Tropical Storm Nate. In line with Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey's declaration of a State of Emergency, the Orange Beach City Council approved a local state of emergency to ensure that proper resources and potential recovery needs are met. 

The voluntary evacuation order, which was issued Friday morning, remains in effect for areas south of State Highway 182 (Perdido Beach Boulevard), low-lying and flood-prone areas, mobile homes, and for all recreational vehicles (RVs) and motor homes on the island. If this applies to you, you need to make plans now. As of this update, there are no shelters planned to be opened in Baldwin County. Upon 45 MPH sustained winds, please be aware that emergency services may be restricted.  

Tropical Storm Nate is expected to reach hurricane status and make landfall Saturday night between Louisiana and the Alabama/Florida state line. With road safety in mind during the peak of the storm, the City of Orange Beach in conjunction with the City of Gulf Shores will enforce a curfew from 8 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday. During the curfew, vehicles must stay off of roadways. This mandatory curfew is focused on driving restrictions for the safety of citizens who will encounter strong coastal winds on roads and bridges. Businesses need to prepare and adjust for proper closing times to allow for employees to safely make it home before the curfew begins. 


? Now is the time to look over your hurricane preparedness list and make sure your supplies are well-stocked. 

? Fire and police staffing will be increased during the storm. 

? Residents and local property owners are encouraged to secure all outside items around their properties, such as patio furniture, umbrellas, awnings, and trash/recycling receptacles.  ? Boat owners should take all necessary precautions since a surge of 3 to 6 feet is expected, possibly higher.  

? Gulf waters will be closed to swimmers beginning on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 with double red flags flying due to strong rip currents and surf conditions. 

? A limited supply of free sand and sand bags is available at the Orange Beach Public Works Department at 4400 William Silvers Parkway (Sportsplex Road), off Canal Road.

? The city and Republic Services encourage residents to move the waste and recycling containers from right-of-way and street areas ahead of potential storms this weekend. These containers can potentially become a hazard for flying debris during wind events so we ask that the containers are moved way from roadway or right-of-way areas and secured under a carport or behind your residence or business until after the storm. We expect normal trash pickup on Tuesday in Orange Beach. 

? All non-essential city facilities will close by 3 p.m. Saturday. 

? The U.S. Post Office in Orange Beach will lock its doors at 3 p.m. Saturday with no access to post office boxes or drawers. It will reopen when the weather clears.  
For more information, call the Info Line at 251-980-INFO (4636). For emergencies, dial 9-1-1. For Hurricane Preparedness and Emergency Management information, visit:                 http://www.orangebeachal.gov.  

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