Corpus Christi is preparing for what is now Hurricane Harvey with voluntary evacuations. Residents of Corpus Christi cleared grocery store shelves of neccessary items. Families are packing their cars to head north.
In San Antonio, 20 inches of rain could be dumped. Local flooding and high winds are probable. On August 25th, Hurricane Harvey stregthened to category 2 and hasn't yet reached landfall. The hurricane is expected to reach landfall on August 25th in the early afternoon.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg gave a press conference on August 24th saying that San Antonio is a safe place to get away from the Hurricane. The city is ready to help evacuees as they come from other parts of the state.
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said: "Even though the city and county have spent a great deal of money on flood control, that does not mean we're controlling all of it, so there will be danger out there as the mayor stated. And we do need to be careful over the next few days."
Days before Hurricane Harvey, Texas Govenor Gregg Abbott has declared state of disaster to 30 counties in the path of the storm. Those counties are: Aransas, Austin, Bee, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Brazoria, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Live Oak, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Wharton and Wilson.
It has been about nine years since South Texas has seen a hurricane. The last powerful storm that made landfall hit Galveston Texas and pounded Louisiana and Arkansas killing 21 people.
Meterologists state that Hurricane Harvey could stall in the middle of Texas after it made landfall.
With people concerned about the storm, it has left grocery stores with bare shelves including water.
Sam's Club has temporarily lifted their membership requirement so that families can get their neccessities before the storm hits South Texas.
An H-E-B spokesperson stated that they will assure that water is available for purchase in their stores.
Shelter Info :: Freeman Coliseum and the AT&T Center are shelters for those who are trying to find shelter from the hurricane. People who are looking to seek shelter in San Antonio should head to the Shelter Processing Center at 200 Gembler. Then the official will direct you and your family to a shelter.
Make a disaster kit with at least one gallon of water per person, per day for at least three days. Stock up on non-parishable food items, get yourself a crank radio or battery powered radio. Stock up on batteries to power the radio, flashlights and other neccessary items. Make a first aid kit along with bandages, ointmints, and other neccsary items just in case they're needed. Get moist towelletes or hand cleaner in case of water outage. Keep tools nearby. Get a hand can opener to open those non-parishable food items. Lastly, charge up your cell phone. Keep it in low-power mode.
If you have pets, keep a few gallons of water just for them, stock up on pet food and treats.
Keep up to date with the free app called Ready South Texas, which gives you up-to-the-minute information about disasters and emergency events.
Reports coming in from various people on social media that there may be a gas shortage.