Strong storms expected; State of Emergency issued

Published 4:05 pm Sunday, April 12, 2020

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Strong storms are expected to move into the region later this evening.

Butler, Crenshaw and Lowndes counties have been moved into the “moderate” risk category for storms beginning after 5 p.m. and lasting into early Monday morning.

In Butler County, as of 4 p.m., several local fire departments had been sent to reports of trees down or low hanging wires due to winds.

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Gov. Kay Ivey also declared a State of Emergency ahead of the storms.

“On this Easter Sunday, Alabama faces the potential for inclement weather, and we want all Alabama families to be prepared for whatever comes our way,” Ivey said. “Any provision of the COVID-19 orders is suspended to the extent that its application or enforcement would endanger any person affected by tonight’s severe weather. Shelters and community safe rooms should remain open and accessible to all individuals seeking refuge from this severe weather, while implementing reasonable practices and procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among those seeking shelter. My fellow Alabamians, stay vigilant, and stay safe this Easter Sunday.”

To read Gov. Ivey’s State of Emergency Proclamation, click HERE.

Any immediate severe weather watches and/or warnings will be posted to The Lowndes Signal’s Facebook page.