Texas prepares for Harvey: A roundup of what's happening at the Gulf Coast
SAN ANTONIO - The threat of dangerous storm surge and severe flooding due to Tropical Storm Harvey is looming over the Texas Gulf Coast. A Hurricane Warning is in place for almost the entire Gulf Coast. Here's how Texans are preparing:
- Officials closing Surfside Beach near Freeport
- Officials are handing out 20 sandbags per resident and business owner free of charge
- Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi has issued a mandatory evacuation for students already living on campus; Move-in date for other students postponed
- Salvation Army in Corpus Christi is preparing to assist those in need with food, shelter and pastoral care
- City of Corpus Christ Municipal Court cancels all dockets for Friday
- Padre Island National Seashore closed until further notice in preparation for Harvey; Click here for beach updates
- Galveston County OEM advising people to be ready for flooding and storm surge. Click here for more
- National Weather Service says tropical storm force winds could approach coastal areas as early as the predawn hours on Friday morning
- Heavy rainfall expected with totals of 15 to 20 inches
- Mayor of Port Arthur called for a voluntary evacuation of Sabine Pass, which lies on the west bank of the Sabine River, the border between Texas and Louisana
- Victoria ISD has cancelled all school-related events for Friday and remainder of the weekend.
- Several other schools and colleges in Victoria closed on Friday; Click here for updates.