FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 25, 2020
Hurricane Laura Update
MONTGOMERY COUNTY – Hurricane Laura is now forecast to become a major hurricane over the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico Wednesday. Montgomery County is under a Tropical Storm Warning which could bring tropical storm force winds to our area in the 39 to 73 mph range. The wind threat from Laura extends well inland due to it being a fast moving storm.
It is important that our residents still prepare for the potential of Tropical Storm force winds in our area. Loose objects can become deadly projectiles during hurricane-force winds. Take note of what would need to be moved from the lawn into the house or garage or secured in the yard.
Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough has issued an Emergency Declaration for Hurricane Laura. County offices are closing tomorrow at noon for all non-essential personnel and will remain closed Thursday for all non-essential personnel. Additionally, the Special Session of Commissioner’s Court that was scheduled for Thursday morning will be rescheduled for a later date.
Montgomery County agencies and resources are on alert and ready to activate as needed for our area. The Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management would like to remind our residents that Montgomery County is a pass through county, which allows coastal residents to safely evacuate through our county. Our office will not call for mandatory evacuations due to our distance from the coast. We continue to monitor these storms, and will send updates today as we receive them.