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Evacuation order rescinded for visitors to Alabama coast as Delta likely shifting west

The National Hurricane Center predicts that Hurricane Delta will grow in size as it approaches the northern Gulf Coast, bringing life-threatening storm surge and heavy winds beginning Friday. 

Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday rescinded her order for visitors and vacationers to the state’s coastline to evacuate after new forecasts of Hurricane Delta show the storm is likely to make landfall further west than originally thought. 

“As Hurricane Delta continues making its way toward the Gulf Coast, projections have become evident and remained fairly consistent in that Southwest Louisiana looks to be in the direct path of this storm,” Ivey said in a statement.

The National Hurricane Center predicts that Hurricane Delta will grow in size as it approaches the northern Gulf Coast, bringing life-threatening storm surge and heavy winds beginning Friday. 

Ivey declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, and later issued a supplemental state of emergency ordering evacuation of visitors to the state’s coastline. 

“Louisiana is still recovering from Hurricane Laura, and they certainly remain in our thoughts as they brace for yet another impactful hurricane,” Ivey said. “I have reached out to Governor John Bel Edwards, as well as Governor Greg Abbott to offer our prayers and support. I remind folks in Alabama to continue monitoring the hurricane for any potential storm surge and heavy rain. Stay safe, everyone.”

Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.

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