Alabama Declares State of Emergency
Tropical Storm Karen slated to hit tomorrow night
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2013 3:35 PM CDT
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley attends a meeting on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in Montgomery, Ala.   (AP Photo/The Montgomery Advertiser, Lloyd Gallman)

(Newser) – Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency today as his state prepares for a potentially fierce storm, reports. The governor warned that Tropical Storm Karen will bring high winds, heavy rains, and possibly tornadoes when it makes landfall tomorrow night. "Residents and businesses along Alabama’s coast should monitor weather conditions and be prepared for whatever this tropical storm may bring," Bentley said.

At least so far, Alabama vacationers aren't cancelling their plans—probably because the National Shrimp Festival, a major Gulf Shore tourist event, is next weekend, reports "We have the vast majority of our guests that are holding their reservations and coming knowing that they’re going to have a rainy day or two," said a rep for rental homes and condos. Rainy is right: Karen may develop into a Category 1 hurricane that brings two to five inches of rain and winds at 30mph, the Montgomery Advertiser reports. (FEMA is even recalling furloughed workers.)

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Oct 5, 2013 8:30 PM CDT
Shut down the government...oh wait...
Oct 5, 2013 5:49 AM CDT
This storm is obviously god's punishment for the state's embracing of the radical xtian right.
Oct 4, 2013 8:51 PM CDT
Very smart indeed. Kathleen Blanco refused to do the same prior to Katrina. She knew once she did, FEMA would then set up assets in the state prior to the hit with a lot going to the Superdome. Nagin got with Blanco and they agreed that secretly the Superdome would be a resource center but not let FEMA know so that when people showed up for relief, there were not supplies in place and Bush would get the blame. It went to the absolute most perfect execution that has ever happened to a sabotaged disaster. Nagin also put out the order to shoot to kill in which six NOPD officers were convicted for murdering Black citizens. Nagin also did a lot of side wheeling and dealing to maximize the screwing up of FEMA"s mission. It worked but he got indicted on several corruption charges and now waits for his trial. For Gustav, FEMA had bolstered their powers and abilities thanks to congress saying that someone like Blanco and Nagin would never, ever sabotage another disaster relief effort. If you notice in the pressers done by Nagin, he had marshals behind him every time. It means he was being monitored at that time for sabotage efforts. Jindal had also come along and he embraced FEMA's leadership and had it truly been a second Katrina, it would have been much different in response. Bottom line, Nagin and Blanco did everything within their physical and mental power to 1)make personal suffering of Louisiana residents as pitiful as possible, 2)maximize the confusion of all response parties, 3)derail all possible avenues of response by FEMA. It went way over plan.