As storm systems capable of producing tornadoes, hail, dangerous wind gusts and more approach the state, Governor Kay Ivey has issued a state of emergency in 47 Alabama counties.

In her declaration, Ivey said the combination of the severe weather event and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic poses "extraordinary conditions of disaster and of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property within the state."

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, 47 counties are now in a state of emergency, including Autauga, Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chilton, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Cleburne, Colbert, Coosa, Cullman, Dallas. DeKalb, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hale, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Lowndes, Madison, Marengo, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Perry, Pickens, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Washington, Wilcox, and Winston.

The declaration of emergency will allow state agencies and the Alabama National Guard to respond to areas affected by severe weather, prohibit price gouging and more.

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