Gulf Coast

Alabama-Shark Swarm
3:37 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Fewer Sharks Off Ala. Coast, Warning Dropped

The city of Orange Beach has dropped its shark warning and is letting people back in the water.
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The city of Orange Beach has dropped its shark warning and is letting people back in the water.

The fire department says the latest aerial observations show only a few sharks in the water near Perdido Pass.

That's normal for this time of year, and authorities say visitors can now get back in the Gulf.

Double red flags had been flying since Sunday because dozens of sharks were cruising the water just off the beach.

Officials say the number of sharks in the area has decreased significantly.

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Tropical Weather-Alabama
3:14 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Alabama Coast Preparing For Tropical Storm Karen

Gov. Robert Bentley has declared a state of emergency across Alabama as Tropical Storm Karen approaches the coast.
Credit National Weather Service

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has declared a state of emergency across the state as Tropical Storm Karen approaches the coast.

In a statement Friday afternoon, the governor said the emergency was being declared in anticipation of heavy rains and high winds from the storm. Bentley added that tornadoes will also be possible.

Alabama's coast faces a possible 5-foot storm surge, high winds and dangerous rip currents as Tropical Storm Karen is expected to arrive over the weekend.

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Alabama Beach Deaths
11:17 am
Sat September 7, 2013

Authorities Say 2013 Beach Season Deadly In Alabama

The beach season didn't end too soon for public safety officials who say they saw an increase in the number of tourist deaths along Alabama's coast this year.
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The beach season didn't end too soon for public safety officials who say they saw an increase in the number of tourist deaths along Alabama's coast this year.

The Baldwin County coroner's office says five people drowned on the beaches this summer, and three more died in falls off condominium towers.

Millions of people visited the state's primary beaches this year from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The number who died is small in comparison, but large and unusual enough to get authorities' attention.

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Oil Spill Grants
4:51 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Recipients Picked For BP Tourism, Seafood Grants

More than 100 nonprofits have been picked to receive grants to promote the Gulf Coast's tourism and seafood industries after BP's 2010 oil spill.
Credit http://www.alabama.travel/ / Alabama Tourism Department

More than 100 nonprofit groups and government entities have been picked to get shares of $43.7 million in BP funds to promote the Gulf Coast's tourism and seafood industries following the company's 2010 oil spill.


The first round of grants announced Wednesday by court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau is part of a proposed settlement between BP and a team of private plaintiffs' attorneys.


The deal calls for BP to fund a total of $57 million in tourism and seafood promotion grants.

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Alabama Beaches
4:05 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Tests Confirm Link Between BP Oil, Post-Isaac Tar

Tar balls collected from Alabama's beaches after Hurricane Isaac have been linked to the 2011 BP oil spill.
Ben Raines/Press-Register The Press-Register

Scientific testing has confirmed a link between oil from the massive BP spill and tar found on Alabama beaches after Hurricane Isaac.

Auburn University researcher Joel Hayworth said Tuesday a chemical analysis showed that tar balls collected after Isaac were associated with the type of oil spilled after the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig in 2010.

Auburn researchers collected about 15 pounds of tar balls after the storm, and officials from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach picked up still more.

After Isaac
5:04 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Alabama Seafood Industry Survives Isaac

Damage from 2005's Hurricane Katrina to Bayou La Batre's fish processing area. The area did better during Isaac.
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Alabama's seafood industry survived Hurricane Issac with barely a scratch compared to Katrina seven years ago, but the storm could still cost millions in lost work.

Dozens of shrimp boats remain tied up at docks in Bayou La Batre, and processing plants are closed. But the storm caused virtually no damage to buildings or vessels.

The president of the Organized Seafood Association of Alabama, Ernie Anderson, says the storm could cost the industry as much as $3 million in lost sales.

Tropical Storm Isaac
5:40 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Alabama's Gulf Coast Slowly Coming Back After Isaac

Isaac, now a tropical storm, is still making trouble for Alabama's Gulf Coast.
noaa.gov National Hurricane Center

Southeast Alabama is slowly beginning to dry out after Isaac. Shops and stores along the Alabama gulf coast are re-opening for business. Alabama Power reported restoring power to most of Dauphin Island shortly before 5PM Wednesday. Isaac has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm, but has stalled over southeastern Louisiana dumping many inches of rain on the Gulf Coast.That means Alabama's Gulf Coast isn't quite out of the woods yet. The forecast calls for more rain in the Mobile area between now and Friday, and a bit drier over the weekend.

Hurricane Isaac
5:35 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Gulf Coast Residents Seek Safety In Ala. Shelters

As Hurricane Isaac zeroes in on Louisiana, Gulf Coast residents seek shelter in Alabama.
noaa.gov National Hurricane Center

Several hundred people are staying in shelters in Mobile and Baldwin counties during Hurricane Isaac.

Juana Castillo said she drove with her mother, stepdad and brother from Metairie, La., to a shelter in Theodore. She said her dad lived through Katrina and he urged the family to leave Louisiana.

A 75-year-old Mobile man, Tom Rowan, said he had the boat he calls home pulled out of the water and then went to a shelter. He said the water at Turner Marina where he docks his boat is up about a foot, but Isaac has been unimpressive so far.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
4:24 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Ala. Readying For Strike From Isaac Next Week

Tropical Storm Isaac takes aim at the Florida Panhandle and Ala.'s Gulf Coast.
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#ISAAC National Hurricane Center

The weather along Alabama's coast should be sunny for one of the season's last big tourist weekends, but officials are urging residents to get ready for the approach of Isaac next week.


With weather service maps showing the storm could hit the Alabama coast as a hurricane on Wednesday, choppy surf and higher-than-normal tides may reach the coast Saturday or Sunday.


Flooding could be worse than usual because of heavy rains along the coast this summer, but officials say even that's hard to predict because of the uncertainty of the storm's track.

July 4th Tourism
4:54 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Ala. beaches prime for July 4 holiday minus Debby

Alabama's beach communities are getting ready for the upcoming July 4 holiday now that Tropical Storm Debby is bearing down on Florida.

Surf conditions already have improved enough for the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to reopen coastal waters to tourists.

Forecasters say waves should become calmer as the storm moves slowly along a line that the National Hurricane Center says will take Debby into the Florida peninsula.

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Arts & Life
12:45 pm
Sun September 11, 2005

Listen to Alabama Life from 9-11-2005

It has been four years since the largest terrorist attack on US soil. Now the Gulf Coast has experienced possibly the worst natural disaster in US history. Lawmakers wonder why 9-11 didn't better prepare emergency management for dealing with Hurricane Katrina. People in downtown Tuscaloosa talk about the recovery New York made and ways the Gulf Coast might do the same. Plus, we have a story about the Navy's Blue Angels and the service men and women on the ground who help keep pilots in the air.

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