Alabama under severe weather threat, state of emergency

BIRMINGHAM (Jennifer Davis Rash) — Alabama is currently under a State of Emergency with the threat of significant and severe weather moving through the state on Wednesday. The Alabama Emergency Management Agency staff at the State Emergency Operations Center in Clanton will be monitoring the storms closely and 50 National Guard soldiers are being activated in case immediate response is needed.

Disaster Relief teams working with the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions also will be activated if needed. At least two areas in the southern part of the state are currently being assisted by DR teams because of the damage from storms that went through the state yesterday.

“Alabama is no stranger to the impact severe weather can have on communities and the devastation that can occur when the weather takes a turn for the worse,” Governor Robert Bentley said in an April 4 news release. “I have issued a State of Emergency as a precautionary measure to ensure state resources are on standby and are ready to assist impacted communities should the need arise. I also want to encourage individuals to stay weather aware and have a method to receive the latest weather alerts.”

The National Weather Service is forecasting destructive and long-track tornadoes, large hail and straight line winds for several counties, according to the news release.

The State of Emergency will remain in effect until the threat diminishes.