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After Hurricane Sally, weary Alabama coast braces for Delta

APR's Lynn Oldshue


GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Alabama beach communities that are still recovering from Hurricane Sally are warning residents to get ready for Category 4 Hurricane Delta. 

Towns began distributing sandbags and warning boat owners to secure vessels as Gov. Kay Ivey ordered a mandatory evacuation of visitors and tourists from the coast on Tuesday. She signed a state of emergency she said would let officials seek federal aid more quickly if needed later.

Sally made landfall in Gulf Shores on Sept. 16, and officials fear erosion and lingering damage from that storm could complicate things as the major hurricane approaches. Delta is forecast to hit the northern Gulf Coast later this week.

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