MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WBRC) - “I know yesterday was very hard for the folks in cities and counties along the coast,” said Governor Kay Ivey as she updated Hurricane Sally’s impact on Alabama.
Ivey said, “It could have been worse, but it’s been mighty bad, and our state is reeling and people are hurting."
Governor Ivey urged people to only use 911 for life-threatening emergencies and to not get out and drive. She said the best thing to do right now is stay at home until crews have time to remove debris.
Ivey has announced she will visit Alabama’s coastal areas Friday September 18. She said crews are working hard to open roads, restore power and clean up debris and she doesn’t want to impede progress.
Ivey said many roads remain impassable and power crews are working around the clock to restore power. “I know it’s uncomfortable and downright scary to be sitting in your home with no light, but please be patient,” said Ivey.
Ivey has been in touch with Alabama lawmakers and President Trump’s administration about the storm damage. She thanked the president for approving the disaster declaration for Alabama.
State EMA Director Brian Hastings said Sally was a devastating storm and he’s glad some people took caution and got out of the storm’s path.
Hastings thanked the Coast Guard for helping to save about 18 people during the hurricane.
Mobile and Baldwin Counties both have one shelter open. Escambia County also has a shelter open.
Hastings said the flood threat is not over and he cautions people in low lying areas to stay weather aware and prepare to leave if needed.
The Alabama Guard has been on duty to help where needed in the hurricane-affected areas. Thirty five people have been rescued so far.
Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores Wednesday morning as a Category 2 hurricane. It caused extensive damage and flooding to the Gulf Coast.