Redeveloped Hurricane Harvey likely to affect Corpus Christi


Staff reports, Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Published 8:59 a.m. CT Aug. 22, 2017 | Updated 7:31 p.m. CT Aug. 24, 2017

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Harvey is currently a category 1 hurricane after being upgraded from a tropical storm around noon Thursday. Sustained winds increased to 80 mph. The storm is expected to be a Category 3 at landfall Friday evening or Saturday morning. The storm has grown in size and is now moving north about 10 mph, according to a late afternoon advisory.

The chief concerns are heavy rain, flooding and increased hurricane force winds.

Here’s everything you need to know about tropical storm Harvey’s latest projected path, the effect on South Texas and how to be prepared.


Current Radar Imagery//Credit: NOAA National Hurricane Center

Harvey’s arrival

Harvey is expected to make landfall Friday as a tropical storm or Category 3 hurricane, bringing with it heavy rainfall and high winds.

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Evacuations

Port Aransas Mayor Charles Bujan issued a mandatory evacuation order at 11 a.m. Thursday. All residents of Port Aransas except essential emergency personnel must immediately evacuate the city.

Aransas Pass and San Patricio County also issued mandatory evacuations.

Corpus Christi has issued voluntary evacuations. The Regional Transportation Authority will help people evacuate. Those who wish to evacuate should go to the Southside, Staples Street and Port Ayers stations. All Real and Paisano trips are canceled for the duration of the storm.

Mandatory evacuation of high-profile vehicles, including RVs from the parks on Padre Island and Mustang Island.

Nueces Commissioner Brent Chesney said he would personally recommend anyone living in Port Aransas, Mustang Island or Padre Island evacuate now, especially those who live in low-lying areas that can flood.

Nueces County EOC has called for a voluntary evacuation of the western portion of Nueces County. Most of those areas are low lying and prone to flooding.

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Sandbag Pickup

Corpus Christi residents can fill up to 20 self-serve sandbags per household or business during daylight hours Wednesday at the City Service Center on Civitan Drive near Ayers Street. Aransas Pass, Ingleside and Port Aransas also are offering sandbags to residents. Be prepared to show proof of residency.

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Long lines of residents wait to get sandbags from the city distribution site on Civitan and Ayers.
Travis Pettis/Caller-Times

Flooding

Nueces County and City of Corpus Christi officials are asking residents in low-lying areas that are already prone to flooding to take immediate precautions to plan for rainfall totals between 15-25 inches. There is possibility for up to 35 inches of rainfall in isolated areas.

City officials are urging residents to help workers keep storm drains clear ahead of the storm to help reduce street flooding.

There is a strong potential for rural and urban flooding and hazardous driving conditions, according to a county news release. There will be above normal tides on area beaches and extremely dangerous rip currents.

Hurricane readiness: What roads are prone to flooding in Corpus Christi?

School closures

Several area school districts have cancelled classes and back-to-school orientations ahead of Harvey’s landfall. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Del Mar College have closed their campuses.

Harvey 2017: How CCISD, schools prepare, plan for storm

How is the area getting ready?

Several Emergency Operations Centers around the Texas Coastal Bend have activated to monitor the gulf storm. Corpus Christi city operation crews are currently working to remove brush, clearing storm water systems.

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Can I still get hurricane supplies?

Local stores are working to keep up with the demand on nonperishable items, water and other storm-related necessities. There have been no reported incidents with items being sold out, though some items may be hard to find as demand increases.

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Get updates

For local weather updates, go to www.weather.gov/corpuschristi or www.hurricanes.gov. Call NWS-Corpus Christi at 1-888-579-9731.

Are you prepared?

Caller.com has everything you need to know to protect your house, family and what to do after the storm.

Visit caller.com/news/hurricanes

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