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Resources for Irma evacuees coming to Alabama

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Thousands of Florida residents are fleeing their state as Hurricane Irma moves closer to making landfall. Several resources are becoming available for them in Alabama. 

The Governor's Office in Alabama has setup a website with information for evacuees. The link to that is:
http://governor.alabama.gov/irma

SHELTERS

With hotels reaching full capacity across the state, several shelters are opening to receive evacuees. 

According to the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, here are the current options for shelters:

  • Talladega (the Talladega Superspeedway will be open for evacuees to camp on)
  • Hoover (the Hoover Met will open its RV park to residents of states fleeing Irma)
  • Montgomery County (the Acadome at Alabama State University)
  • Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham (Opening Monday at 2 p.m.)

Montgomery, Houston, Covington, and Coffee counties are opening shelters to receive livestock from areas in Irma's path. 

The Alabama Tourism Department is also tracking hotel availability for evacuees seeking rooms. Evacuees can call 1-800-Alabama.

For information from the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency, click this link.

HOTELS and MOTELS

For updated information on availability at hotels, motels, and camping sites at Alabama State Parks, you can check out this story for links:
http://www.wbrc.com/story/36323586/hotel-motel-rooms-going-fast-with-irma-evacuees-heading-to-alabama

TRAFFIC

Traffic heading north out of Florida is slow, as you can imagine, with many folks working to evacuate southern and coastal locations in the current projected path of Irma.

For details on traffic, you can visit our traffic page here: http://www.wbrc.com/traffic

Here are some looks at traffic on I-75 in Florida as of late Thursday evening:

I-75 in Alachua County, FL:

I-75 in Sumter County, FL:

I-75 in Valdosta, GA:

WAITING OUT THE STORM

If you're in central Alabama waiting out the storm in Florida, there's plenty of things you can do while you're here. Check out our Magic City Weekend website for things to do around town.

In addition, there are two college football games at Legion Field this weekend for two teams who evacuated ahead of Irma.

On Friday night at 6 p.m., Florida International will take on Alcorn State.

On Saturday at 3 p.m., Georgia Southern will play New Hampshire.

Both games are free as is parking. The only cost would be if you visit the concession stand.

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