MOBILE, Ala. — The Latest on Harvey in Alabama (all times local):
Shellfish growing waters in Baldwin and Mobile counties have been closed as rain from Tropical Storm Harvey inundates the area.
The Alabama Department of Public Health closed Areas 1-7, as of Wednesday morning, including Mobile Bay, Cedar Point, Portersville Bay, Heron Bay, Dauphin Island Bay, Bon Secour Bay and Grand Bay.
Authorities say the order was issued because of possible bacteriological contamination of oyster beds due to recent rainfall.
State health officials say they will monitor the affected areas and harvesting will resume as soon as the areas meet acceptable bacteriological criteria.
Rains from Harvey are inundating coastal Alabama with floodwaters and forcing the Tennessee Valley Authority to lower lake levels in north Alabama.
Authorities say numerous roads were covered with water in Mobile and Baldwin counties Wednesday morning, and conditions could get worse as more storms move into the area around Mobile Bay.
The National Weather Service reported rainfall totals of more than 3 inches on the Alabama coast, and some areas got even more rain with storms still moving in.
In north Alabama, TVA says it is dropping lake levels in anticipation of heavy rain from Harvey. The National Weather Service office in Huntsville says up to 5 inches of rain are possible, with some areas receiving higher amounts.
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Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews