|Gulf Shores officials actively monitoring TS Karen|
October 3, 2013, Gulf Shores, Ala (GSA) City of Gulf Shores officials are actively monitoring developments with Tropical Storm Karen.
Like all of the northern Gulf Coast, the Gulf Shores area is currently under a Hurricane Watch. A Hurricane Watch indicates that hurricane conditions are possible within the next 48 hours.
According to the National Weather Service, coastal Alabama could begin experiencing tropical storm force winds as early as Friday evening and sustained tropical storm force winds late Saturday. At this time, 3 – 5 inches of rain is expected, with the potential for localized amounts reaching 6 – 8 inches.
While there remains to be some uncertainty with the storm path, officials anticipate 2 – 4 feet of storm surge and tides at 3 – 5 feet above normal. These conditions will present a high risk of dangerous rip currents and significant coastal flooding for low-lying areas. Red flags are currently posted on Gulf Shores beaches and swimmers are advised to stay out of the water.
The City of Gulf Shores encourages all residents and visitors to begin taking the following precautions:
• Know Your Elevation – You must know your elevation in order to understand if your location will be impacted by storm surge. Find your elevation online at viewer.nationalmap.gov/viewer
• Gather Information – Keep a list of local emergency contact information. Find contact information at the city's resource directory.
• Plan and Take Action – Be sure to have a safety plan in place for you and your family. This includes planning for essential medications, contact information, food, water and pets.
• Secure Outdoor Furniture – All patio and outdoor furniture should be secured in advance of a storm.
• Pick Up Yard Debris – All yard debris should be picked up in advance of a storm. Do not place any debris by roadways.
For additional tips, information and weather related resources, visit the city's emergency management page.