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Update: Gov. Bentley live news conference on Isaac at 11am

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Update: Governor Robert Bentley will have a live news conference on state preparations for Tropical Storm Isaac at 11am. You may watch a live stream on abc3340.com.

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Governor Bentley has issued a statewide State of Emergency, as well as a mandatory evacuation for parts of Mobile and Baldwin Counties.

"I am urging everyone to take precautions now, monitor weather warnings, and be prepared for whatever Isaac may bring," Governor Bentley said.  "By declaring this state of emergency, I am mobilizing the resources our communities need as the storm approaches."

The declaration of a state of emergency means Governor Bentley is directing the activation of the Alabama Emergency Operations Plan. He is also directing the appropriate state agencies to exercise their statutory authority to assist the communities affected by the storm. 

Alabama EMA Director Art Faulkner urges all residents to prepare for potential heavy rains and damaging winds.

"This state of emergency indicates we are drawing closer to feeling the impact of Isaac," Faulkner said.  "Please make preparations now for the potential impact of strong winds and heavy rains for your area."

The Alabama EMA is also authorized to access damage after the storm and seek necessary state and federal assistance.

Alabama National Guard troops are on standby to assist impacted communities. 

The governor ordered a mandatory evacuation starting at 8:00 a.m. for Zones 1 and 2 in both Mobile and Baldwin Counties.

Baldwin County:  Zones 1 and 2 include all areas south of U.S. Highway 98 and areas on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay that are South of Interstate 10 and west of U.S. Highway 98.  Additionally, all people living in proximity to the Fish, Styx, Blackwater, and Perdido Rivers should evacuate.  Also, all people living in manufactured homes, and those living in low-lying, flood-prone areas should evacuate.

Mobile County:  Zones 1 and 2 include areas south of Interstate 10 and those areas that are north of I-10 and east of I-65 and east of U.S. 43.  Also, all people living in manufactured homes, and those living in low-lying, flood-prone areas should evacuate