THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS (August 25, 2020) – The Woodlands Township is currently monitoring Hurricane Laura and strongly urges residents to prepare today.
Township Chairman Gordy Bunch urges residents to keep a close eye on this storm because its track still remains unclear.
“Get prepared today,” Chairman Bunch said. “All experts just do not know precisely where this storm will go.”
The Woodlands Township’s Fire Department and Parks system is on full alert and ready to activate as needed for The Woodlands. Additionally, Montgomery County is a pass-through county, which allows coastal residents to safely evacuate through our county.
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. 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. The National Hurricane Center is forecasting that Laura will strengthen significantly prior to landfall early Thursday morning. This could mean a Category 3 hurricane or higher with impacts far from landfall.
According to Montgomery County, there is not a mandatory evacuations due to the distance from the coastline of Texas.
PREPARING BEFORE A HURRICANE
Understand that your planning may be different this year because of the need to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
STAY SAFE AFTER A HURRICANE
In addition to following guidance for staying safe and healthy after a hurricane, note that:
The Woodlands Township encourages residents to prepare for expected impacts from the storm. Residents are also advised to follow several precautions:
For more emergency preparedness tips and information specific to The Woodlands, please visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/getready or www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/emergency.
For more information on The Woodlands Township government, please call 281-210-3800 or visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.
Devastating Tropical Storm to Hurricane force winds are expected in a broad area from the Sabine River to south of Galveston Island. Hurricane, Tropical Storm, and Storm Surge watches have already been issued for much of upper Texas coast, extending well north of Livingston.
Residents should expect additional watches and warnings to be issued over the next two days.
NOW is the time to take action. Follow life-safety instructions from the National Weather Service and local officials.