In preparation of potential impacts from Hurricane Delta, the Orange Beach City Council declared a local state of emergency during its 5 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, October 6.
The local declaration follows Governor Kay Ivey’s emergency proclamation and her supplemental declaration of a mandatory evacuation for tourists and vacationers along the Alabama Gulf Coast effective at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, October 7. This mandatory evacuation includes all locations south of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, including Orange Beach, Ono Island, Gulf Shores, and the Fort Morgan peninsula. This evacuation order does not apply to contractors or individuals working on Hurricane Sally recovery.
Hurricane Delta continues to strengthen in the Caribbean and is a MAJOR hurricane. It is expected to move into the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday after crossing the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico as a Category 4 storm.
The City of Orange Beach continues to monitor updates from the National Hurricane Center and our local National Weather Service bureau in Mobile. The current forecast has Hurricane Delta making landfall in Louisiana late Friday. Delta is forecast to turn north and northeast prior to landfall, but exactly when the turn occurs will determine the extent of local impacts.
Even if Delta makes landfall well to our west, the local area will still see a threat of storm surge, dangerous surf/rip currents, heavy rain, low-area flooding, isolated tornadoes, and strong winds.
For residents, now is the time to prepare.
- For those who live in low-lying areas, begin to make plans to leave, if necessary.
- If you have a boat or vessel, secure it and or move it to higher ground.
- Replenish your hurricane supplies.
- Residents and local property owners are encouraged to secure all outside items and initiate protective measures, such as window coverings, etc.
- The city debris contractor is continuing to pick up storm debris from Hurricane Sally as quickly as possible, especially in low-lying areas.
- Sand and sand bags are available behind City Hall at 4099 Orange Beach Blvd. and at the gate at the Public Works yard on William Silvers Parkway, going toward the Orange Beach Sportsplex.
- Remember the first 72 hours are on you. After an emergency or disaster strikes, support and resources may not be available right away. Every home needs an emergency kit with a three-day (72 hours) supply of food, water, flashlight and other basic needs.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to follow the National Weather Service Mobile bureau’s website at www.weather.gov/mob or on social media and local news outlets for the most current storm information. Additional city information can be found at www.orangebeachal.gov.
For emergencies, dial 9-1-1.