MONTGOMERY, AL–Governor Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency and is calling for a mandatory evacuation of the Alabama Gulf Coast beginning Wednesday morning due to Hurricane Delta.
In a release, she said, “Unless you are a local resident with a hurricane pass or have a pass or decal that has been issued to contractors, property management or other businesses working in response to Hurricane Sally, this mandatory evacuation notice should help us prepare for the worst, even as we hope for the best.”
Florida has not implemented any such order for its Gulf Coast.
The National Hurricane Center says data from the NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft reports that Delta continues to rapidly strengthen Tuesday morning. They found that Delta had strengthened into a Category 4 storm. The storm is currently at 130 mph sustained winds (Cat. 4 and major hurricane) and is moving WNW at 16 mph.
An extremely dangerous hurricane is expected to impact the northeastern Yucatan Peninsula near Cancun & Cozumel early Wednesday morning as a Category 4 hurricane. After that the hurricane is expected to maintain strength and push into the Gulf of Mexico.