MOBILE, AL (WBRC) - Gov. Bob Riley on Monday declared a state of emergency in preparation for the arrival of Tropical Storm Ida.
During a news conference at ship builder Austal USA in Mobile, Riley urged people in Alabama to take the storm seriously and follow instructions from emergency managers.
The declaration allows the governor to activate the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and seek help from other state and federal agencies as needed.
School leaders in Mobile announced Monday morning they would close Mobile schools two hours early Monday afternoon and keep them closed Tuesday. Students were already scheduled to be out of class Wednesday for the Veterans Day holiday.
Baldwin County schools were closed Monday and said Monday afternoon they would remain closed Tuesday.
Emergency managers also urged residents in coastal or low-lying areas to evacuate due to the threat of flooding.