FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 25, 2020
Hurricane Laura Update
Status Update from the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
MONTGOMERY COUNTY – Based off of aircraft data, Tropical Storm Laura has now become Hurricane Laura with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. A Hurricane Watch has been issued along the upper Texas Coastline down to San Luis Pass. This includes the areas around Galveston Bay. A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for much of Southeast Texas down to Freeport. A Storm Surge Watch has been issued for the coast areas down to San Luis Pass. Hurricane Laura is now forecast to become a major hurricane over the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico Wednesday. This very dangerous hurricane is forecast to make landfall on the upper Texas Coast or far Southwest Louisiana. County Judge Mark Keough urges residents to “Play close attention to Hurricane Laura, because the storm’s track still remains uncertain. Today is the final day to make your last preparations; before Laura makes landfall Wednesday night into Thursday morning.”
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.