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MONTGOMERY State officials are urging Alabamians to be prepared for Hurricane Irma. Those with travel plans this weekend should prepare for heavier traffic.
Alabama Emergency Management Agency meteorologist Jim Stefkovich on Wednesday evening said coastal areas, especially those in the eastern part of the state, need to prepare for the possibility of high rip currents and gusty winds up to 40 MPH Sunday and Monday.
“Historically, we know storms often can change and adjust course, causing major impacts on our state,” AEMA Director Brian Hastings said in a written statement. “Alabama EMA, in conjunction with our state partners,
will continue to make all prudent preparations to be postured for the potential severe weather impacts of Hurricane Irma.”
Meanwhile, heavier than usual traffic is expected as people evacuate Florida.
“During the next few days, we should expect heavy traffic along Alabama Florida routes, as residents in or near Irma’s path leave their homes for safer areas,” Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Hal Taylor said in the written statement. “We ask Alabama motorists to account for this heavier traffic flow in their travel plans, remain patient with other motorists, and choose alternate routes when possible.”
The Alabama Department of Transportation is prepared to assist in any transportation related relief efforts that may arise in the moving of personnel and resources to the affected areas,
spokesman Tony Harris said.