Hurricane Zeta Weather Update #4

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Out of an abundance of caution, the City of Gulf Shores plans to shut down all City managed facilities and departments today, October 28, at 2 p.m. in preparation for Hurricane Zeta. Police, Fire, and other essential services will continue to operate to ensure public safety and health. Our local area remains under a Tropical Storm Warning, Storm Surge Warning and High Rip Current and High Surf Warning. Residents should prepare for DAMAGING WINDS and the potential for downed trees and power outages. In addition, there is also the threat of 4 to 6 feet of storm surge and high surf of 10 to 15 feet. This combination, along with a weakened dune system and erosion caused by Hurricane Sally, puts properties at risk of coastal flooding. City of Gulf Shores officials are still calling for the voluntary evacuation of all visitors and tourists and encourages residents living in low-lying areas, including West Beach, Little Lagoon, Plash Island, Fort Morgan Peninsula, RV/Mobile Homes, and any other rising-water, flood-prone areas, to also evacuate or seek higher ground. Those in need of a place to park their vehicle overnight to avoid flooding can take them to the Gulf Shores Sportsplex, 19025 Oak Road West, and park them in the west (visitor's side) lot. HURRICANE RE-ENTRY PASSES Hurricane Re-entry Passes are available at both City Hall and the Gulf Shores City Store today until 2 p.m. In the case that check points are put in place, a hurricane re-entry pass will be required. SHELTERS The Baldwin County Commission and the Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency will activate the shelter of last resort at the Baldwin County Coliseum, 19477 Fairground Rd., Robertsdale, Ala. The Coliseum will open today, October 28, at 1 p.m. and will remain open until 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2020. TRAVEL ADVISORY The Baldwin County Commission, with the concurrence of Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack, has also issued a travel advisory to all residents and visitors countywide. The travel advisory will be effective from today at 8 p.m., until Thursday, October 29, at 5 a.m.