Hurricane may send evacuees to, through county

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Posted 8/25/20

Tropical Storm Marco may have petered out south of Louisiana Tuesday, but sister storm Hurricane Laura has intensified into a hurricane and may reach Category 3 winds before making landfall sometime Thursday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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Hurricane may send evacuees to, through county

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Tropical Storm Marco may have petered out south of Louisiana Tuesday, but sister storm Hurricane Laura has intensified into a hurricane and may reach Category 3 winds before making landfall sometime Thursday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Officials ordered evacuation of Galveston Tuesday ahead of the storm, a step that could lead to heavier traffic and full hotel rooms in Madison County.

“Many families have already come to Madisonville ahead of this storm and we can expect others, as well,” Madison County Emergency Management Coordinator Shelly Butts said in an e-mail Tuesday to city and county leaders. “Many of us have experienced the traffic and chaos that a storm like one can bring.”

Butts said shelter hubs are being prepared in San Antonio and Austin. Bryan and College Station are no longer shelter hubs and Madison County is not facing any emergency request.

“We are not being asked to shelter anyone at this time,” Butts said.

The NHC has issued a hurricane warning from San Luis Pass to west of Morgan City, La., a little more than 300 miles away. Current projections have Laura making landfall early Thursday morning, though tropical-force winds will begin to hammer the shore by 8 a.m. today.

Reports from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 70 mph with higher gusts. Significant strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Laura is expected to be a major hurricane at landfall.

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