Red flag warning Alabama


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.

Forecasters say eastern Alabama is in for a windy day because of Hurricane Sandy.

The National Weather Service says northwest winds of at least 20 mph with gusts up to 40 mph are possible through sunset Monday.

Forecasters say the breezy northwest winds are due to the interaction of high pressure to the northwest and low pressure from Sandy to the northeast.

The strongest winds are expected east of Interstate 65, particularly in the higher elevations in the state's northeastern corner.