The City of Orange Beach is monitoring updates on Hurricane Ida from the National Hurricane Center and our local National Weather Service bureau in Mobile.
Ida is expected to approach the Louisiana coast as a major hurricane (potentially Category 3+) on Sunday night.
A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the Alabama Gulf Coast as well as a Storm Surge Watch. The peak storm surge for our coastline may range 3 to 5 feet above normal, according to the current forecast. Throughout the weekend high surf is expected with possible peak surf height of 8-12 feet and life-threatening rip currents. Double red flags are now flying, which means all Gulf waters are closed to the public. For the safety of all, please keep out of the waters of the Gulf at this time.
Tropical Storm force winds, especially gusts, are possible in our area. Other impacts include coastal flooding due to the surge, 4-8 inches of possible rainfall (Saturday through Tuesday with locally higher totals likely), and the potential for isolated tornadoes beginning Saturday night and persisting through Monday.
While we are hoping for the best, we should all prepare now for any level of weather impacts. If the storm shifts east toward Baldwin County, the more severe impacts will be and we want all to be prepared to protect life and property as best possible. This could bring higher storm surge, stronger winds, more rain, etc. Residents are urged to prepare now.
- For those living in low-lying areas, mobile homes and RVs, please take all necessary precautions.
- Sand and sandbags are available for residents to fill themselves behind City Hall at 4099 Orange Beach Blvd. A shovel is provided if individuals do not have one.
- If you have a boat or vessel, secure it or move it to higher ground.
- With Tropical Storm force winds possible, residents and local property owners are encouraged to secure all outside items around their properties, such as patio furniture, umbrellas, awnings, and trash/recycling receptacles.
- There is a high risk of high surf and life-threatening rip currents through Monday. While Gulf waters are closed to the public, the beaches remain open. For a detailed beach report, call 251-981-SURF (7873).
Residents and visitors are encouraged to check the National Hurricane Center at www.hurricanes.gov or the National Weather Service for the most current weather information at www.weather.gov/mob. Additional city information can be found at www.orangebeachal.gov.
For emergencies, dial 9-1-1.
For additional city information, call the Info Line at 251-980-INFO (4636).