The City of Orange Beach continues to monitor updates on Major Hurricane Ida from the National Hurricane Center and our local National Weather Service bureau in Mobile. Ida made landfall at 11:55 a.m. today as a Category 4 Hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 150mph over Port Fourchon in southeast Louisiana.
A Tropical Storm Warning, High Surf Warning, and Storm Surge Warning remain in effect for the Alabama Gulf Coast. A Tornado Watch and Flash Flood Watch are in effect. A peak storm surge of 3 to 5 feet above normally dry ground is expected today for our coastline. High surf is expected with possible peak surf heights of 10-15 feet. High surf will persist through early next week (6-9 feet on Monday and 5-7 feet on Tuesday) along with life-threatening rip currents. Double red flags will continue to fly, which means all Gulf waters are closed to the public. For the safety of all, please keep out of the water.
Tropical Storm force winds, especially gusts, are expected today and most of the day Monday. The Tornado Watch is in effect through Sunday night and the threat for tornadoes will steadily increase as rainbands come onshore. Periods of heavy rain (6-8 inches possible with isolated amounts much higher) and flash flooding are possible through early Tuesday.
Residents should be prepared and everyone is encouraged to stay off the roads due to potentially hazardous conditions that will occur when rainbands come onshore. “Sightseeing” is discouraged.
- For those living in low-lying areas, mobile homes and RVs, all necessary precautionary measures should be in place. Sand and sandbags are available behind City Hall for any last-minute prep.
- Anyone with a boat or vessel should have already secured it or moved it to higher ground.
- With Tropical Storm force wind gusts expected, residents and local property owners should have all outside items secured.
- The Orange Beach Aquatics Center, Golf Center and Recreation Center are closed today – Sunday, August 29th. Follow the city’s Facebook pages for any announcements on facility closures for Monday.
- Residential trash pickup and recycling will be one day behind this coming week. Trash will now be Wednesday and Saturday, and recycling will be on Thursday for Zone 2.
- Baldwin County Public Schools, which includes Orange Beach schools, are closed on Monday, August 30th. (Note: The Orange Beach Expect Excellence after-school program will be closed on Monday as well in accordance with the school system’s closure.)
Residents and visitors are encouraged to continue 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.