Tropical Storm Zeta: Weather Update #3

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The City of Gulf Shores has declared a local state of emergency due to Tropical Storm Zeta's imminent threat and is calling for the voluntary evacuation of all visitors and tourists. The City encourages residents 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. "Due to the continued intensification of Tropical Storm Zeta and the weakened condition our community is in after Hurricane Sally, our area is extremely vulnerable to more damage than normally anticipated from a storm of this size," said Mayor Robert Craft. "Do not take this situation lightly. We are urging all of our residents and visitors to stay weather alert and to make sure you make all necessary preparations for this storm." Gulf Shores and surrounding areas remain under a Tropical Storm Warning, Storm Surge Warning and High Rip Current and High Surf Warning. Zeta is forecast to make landfall along the southeast Louisiana coast early Wednesday evening and quickly move across our region Wednesday night. Zeta will most likely move into the area as a strong tropical storm, however there is a potential for hurricane-force wind gusts and strong tropical storm force gusts of 60 mph to 70 mph. Zeta's projected landfall is expected to bring a 3 to 5-foot 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. 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. SHELTERS Due to the lack of shelters available in Baldwin County and the current COVID-19 regulations in place, residents should be prepared to plan far enough ahead to find a safe location. Do not rely on the shelter of last resort.