As of 8am this morning, the RGV has dodged a bullet. Harvey is headed to the Corpus Christi Coastal Bend area. The RGV will get about maybe 1 inch of rain in places and winds of 30mph. Harvey will make landfall in the Corpus Christi Coastal Bend area later tonight. Winds of up to 110 mph are expected and rainfall of 30-35 inches. This is a catastrophic storm for that area. Emergency officials have asked that area to evacuate by noon today. After that, emergency personnel will not be able to get to people until after the storm passes and that could mean, days.
ACCORDING TO NEWS CHANNEL 5, THESE ARE THE CURRENT CLOSINGS!
The following school districts and institutions have canceled classes and all school activities for Friday, Aug. 25 through Sunday, Aug. 27.
- Athlos Leadership Academy - Brownsville
- Brownsville CISD
- Calvary Christian School
- Destiny Leadership Academy - Harlingen
- Edinburg CISD (closing after 12 p.m. Friday)
- Harlingen CISD
- Harlingen Leadership Academy
- Harmony Science Academy Brownsville
- Harmony School of Innovation Brownsville
- Hidalgo ISD
- Horizon Montessori Public Schools
- IDEA Brownsville
- IDEA Frontier
- IDEA Riverview
- IDEA San Benito
- Jubilee Leadership Academy - Brownsville
- La Joya ISD
- Living Leadership Academy - Brownsville
- Los Fresnos CISD
- Lyford CISD
- McAllen ISD (closing after 12 p.m. Friday)
- Macedonian Christian Academy
- Mid-Valley Christian School
- Mission CISD (closing after 12 p.m. Friday)
- Our Lady of the Lake University - RGV
- Rio Grande Valley College
- St. Paul Great Beginning - Harlingen
- St. Paul Lutheran School and Childcare
- South Texas College (all campuses and locations)
- Texas Southmost College
- Texas State Technical College
- University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (all campuses and locations)
- Valley View ISD (extra-curricular activities only)
- Vanguard Academy (all campuses)
All Beach Acces, 2,4,5,6 and Boca Chica are now closed until further notice. Also, there is a volunteer evacuation of all RV's from South Padre Island.
Two keys to weather safety are to prepare for the risks and to act on those preparations when alerted by emergency officials. These are essential pieces to the Weather-Ready Nation.
Refer to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Ready.gov/hurricanes for comprehensive information on hurricane preparedness at home and in your community.
Some highlights on how to prepare and take action are available below:
Red Cross Encourages Preparedness
For Tropical Storm Harvey
Corpus Christi, TX, August 23, 2017 — With Weather System Harvey expected to redevelop, potentially impacting the Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana, the American Red Cross is encouraging local residents to start getting prepared now. Ways to do this include:
Be sure you’re Red Cross Ready. That means:
- Assembling an emergency preparedness kit.
- Creating a household evacuation plan that includes your pets.
- Staying informed about your community’s risk and response plans.
- Educating your family on how to use the Safe and Well website.
- Download the Emergency App for iPhone >> or for Android >>
- If you or a member of your household is an individual with access or functional needs, including a disability, consider developing a comprehensive evacuation plan in advance with family, care providers and care attendants, as appropriate. Complete a personal assessment of functional abilities and possible needs during and after an emergency or disaster situation, and create a personal support network to assist.
Know the difference between watches and warnings:
- A Hurricane Watch is when conditions are a threat within 48 hours. It’s then time to review your hurricane plans. Get ready to act if a warning is issued, and stay informed.
- A Hurricane Warning is when conditions are expected within 36 hours. It’s then time to complete your storm preparations and leave the area if directed to do so by authorities.
- Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings: Take these alerts seriously. Although tropical storms have lower wind speeds than hurricanes, they often bring life-threatening flooding and dangerous winds.
Protect your family:
- Talk with your family about what to do if a major storm strikes. Discussions ahead of time help reduce fear, particularly for younger children.
- Ensure that every member of your family carries a Safe and Well wallet card.
- Make sure you have access to NOAA radio broadcasts:
- Keep insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a safe-deposit box. You may need quick, easy access to these documents. Keep them in a safe place less likely to be damaged if a hurricane causes flooding. Take pictures on a phone and keep copies of important documents and files on a flash drive that you can carry with you on your house or car keys.
Protect pets and animals:
- Prepare a pet emergency kit for your companion animals.
Protect your home:
- Protect windows with permanent storm shutters or invest in one-half inch marine plywood that is pre-cut to fit your doors and windows.
- Identify a place to store lawn furniture, toys, gardening tools and trash cans (away from stairs and exits) to prevent them from being moved by high winds and possibly hurting someone.
- Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts to prevent flooding and unnecessary pressure on the awnings.
- Remember that standard homeowners’ insurance doesn’t cover flooding but flood insurance does. Get information at www.FloodSmart.gov. (open in Chrome)
Right before the storm hits:
- Listen to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.
- Be prepared to evacuate quickly and know your routes and destinations. Find a local emergency shelter.
- Check your emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply, especially medications or other medical supplies. Keep it nearby.
Cameron County Emergency Management 956-547-7000
Hidalgo County Emergency Management 956-318-2615