Gov. Kay Ivey issued a State of Emergency for large portions of the state of Alabama in response to Tropical Storm Claudette.

She made the announcement early Monday morning, retroactively effective 10 a.m. on Friday, June 18. Counties included in this State of Emergency are Baldwin, Butler, Cherokee, DeKalb, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe and Tuscaloosa.

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As for COVID-19 restrictions, Ivey's order voids any still in-place orders that would negatively impact those affected by severe weather from receiving help. This applies to businesses, governmental entities and individuals.

In tandem with the proclamation, Ivey issued the following statement:

“As portions of our state recover from the effects of Tropical Storm Claudette, I have declared a state of emergency to ensure that any needed state resources are available to folks in impacted counties. My heart and prayers continue going out to the loved ones of those tragically lost in the storms. We will continue to offer any help that we can from the state level to help our people bounce back from a tough day. Y’all, we can, and we will get through this.”

The full proclamation can be found on the governor's website.

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