UPDATE: State of emergency declared in Alabama ahead of Nate

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has issued a statewide state of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Nate.

Posted: Oct 6, 2017 4:02 AM

10/5/17 7:15 p.m.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has issued a statewide state of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Nate.

Nate is expected to reach the northern Gulf Coast over the weekend as a hurricane, when it makes landfall Sunday morning.

In Alabama, winds of 75 mph and gusts to 90 mph are expected near the coast. Further inland over the western 2/3rds of the state, according to the National Weather Service, sustained winds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts to 60 mph are forecast as far north as the Birmingham/Gadsden area.

The emergency declaration is effective as of Friday at 7 a.m.

Ivey, at a news conference Thursday, said she signed the declaration because it frees up personnel and resources in case there's a need to respond to any storm-related activity.

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JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has activated its Emergency Operations Center because of a possible hurricane that could affect the Magnolia State this weekend.

MEMA Director Lee Smithson says the EOC is operating at minimal staffing Thursday but will be fully staffed with other state agencies starting at 7 a.m. Friday.  

At the moment, Tropical Storm Nate has not even entered the Gulf of Mexico, but forecasters say it could grow into a minimal hurricane before making landfall in the United States.

Officials along the Mississippi Gulf Coast are paying close attention to the tropical system since thousands of tourists are expected this weekend for a classic car event and a music festival.

Smithson says his agency's focus, however, is not just on South Mississippi but the entire state.

"When Hurricane Harvey, the remnants of it, came through Mississippi, we had 20 confirmed tornadoes in the state of Mississippi.  And it was from the coast all the way up to Tishomingo County," Smithson told reporters Thursday.

 

 

 

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 313166

Reported Deaths: 7228
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto21496257
Hinds20294414
Harrison17814309
Rankin13573278
Jackson13411246
Madison10066217
Lee9962173
Jones8364163
Forrest7649152
Lauderdale7181240
Lowndes6370145
Lamar621686
Lafayette6171118
Washington5323133
Bolivar4797132
Oktibbeha461498
Panola4561105
Pearl River4499145
Marshall4397103
Warren4380121
Pontotoc419572
Monroe4100133
Union409076
Neshoba4026176
Lincoln3950110
Hancock377786
Leflore3487125
Sunflower335790
Tate332484
Pike3301105
Scott315373
Alcorn311968
Yazoo310769
Itawamba299477
Copiah296465
Simpson294788
Coahoma294379
Tippah287768
Prentiss279560
Adams269582
Marion268880
Leake266273
Wayne262341
Grenada260386
Covington256381
George246848
Newton246061
Winston226881
Tishomingo225967
Jasper220848
Attala214173
Chickasaw207157
Holmes188673
Clay184754
Stone182033
Tallahatchie178140
Clarke177879
Calhoun170132
Yalobusha163337
Smith162234
Walthall133845
Greene130333
Lawrence128323
Montgomery126742
Noxubee126734
Perry125938
Amite122842
Carroll121728
Webster114532
Jefferson Davis106932
Tunica104826
Claiborne102230
Benton99125
Humphreys96133
Kemper95428
Franklin83623
Quitman80216
Choctaw76118
Wilkinson66930
Jefferson65428
Sharkey50317
Issaquena1686
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 530325

Reported Deaths: 10966
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson763971520
Mobile40908804
Madison34717503
Tuscaloosa25730452
Montgomery24314588
Shelby23401249
Baldwin21107307
Lee15856171
Calhoun14488314
Morgan14282279
Etowah13819353
Marshall12210223
Houston10557280
Elmore10044205
Limestone9954150
Cullman9649193
St. Clair9644242
Lauderdale9419241
DeKalb8825185
Talladega8214175
Walker7223277
Autauga6918108
Jackson6804112
Blount6651137
Colbert6292134
Coffee5506119
Dale4828111
Russell440638
Chilton4279112
Franklin425582
Covington4118118
Tallapoosa4019152
Escambia393276
Chambers3559123
Dallas3547151
Clarke350861
Marion3113100
Pike310577
Lawrence299898
Winston274072
Bibb260464
Marengo249264
Geneva249077
Pickens234160
Barbour230757
Hale222677
Butler215969
Fayette212062
Henry188744
Cherokee184445
Randolph179941
Monroe177340
Washington167039
Macon158750
Clay156156
Crenshaw152057
Cleburne148741
Lamar141934
Lowndes138653
Wilcox127030
Bullock123041
Conecuh110129
Perry107526
Coosa107128
Sumter104332
Greene92334
Choctaw60424
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This will bring back into our area some more chances for some rain and thunderstorms.
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