MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has issued a statewide state of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Nate.
Nate is expected to reach the northern Gulf Coast over the weekend as a hurricane, when it makes landfall Sunday morning.
In Alabama, winds of 75 mph and gusts to 90 mph are expected near the coast. Further inland over the western 2/3rds of the state, according to the National Weather Service, sustained winds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts to 60 mph are forecast as far north as the Birmingham/Gadsden area.
The emergency declaration is effective as of Friday at 7 a.m.
Ivey, at a news conference Thursday, said she signed the declaration because it frees up personnel and resources in case there's a need to respond to any storm-related activity.