The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning Monday for part of the Louisiana coast, with a storm watch in effect from west of Intracoastal City, La. to High Island.
The storm, identified Monday afternoon as Potential Tropical Storm 3, was expected to move north-northwest Monday night, according to the National Hurricane Center.
A storm warning is in effect from Intracoastal City, La. to the mouth of the Pearl River. A storm watch is in effect from west of Intracoastal City to High Island.
The chances of the disturbance developing into a tropical or subtropical cyclone were at 80 percent, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Winds were expected to reach the coast today.
Galveston city spokeswoman Jaree Fortin said the city’s emergency management office was closely monitoring the weather, but the city had not fully activated its emergency operations center Monday afternoon. City officials planned to participate in an conference call with the National Weather Service at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
City advisories could be issued after that phone call, Fortin said. The city may warn West End residents about possible coastal flooding, she said.
“We’re asking residents to make sure they’re storm-ready,” Fortin said. That includes making sure that they have emergency kits prepared and an evacuation plan ready.
She encouraged residents to sign up for the city’s Need a Ride and One Call Reaches All programs. Information about both programs is available at galvestontx.gov.
The county’s emergency management office was monitoring the situation “hour by hour,” Galveston County Emergency Coordinator Garrett Foskit said.
The county’s office had sent notifications to county employees and to people living in unincorporated areas basically reminding those residents to have a plan, create a tropical storm and hurricane kit and stay informed, Foskit said.
“Right now we’re not expecting anything for our county,” Foskit said. “Everything we’re hearing from the weather service indicates we’ll be on the dry side, but that can change hour by hour.”
There could be some flooding along Highway 87 because the area floods easily, but tides are low so the area may not be affected, Foskit said.
The county’s emergency management office is housed in the same building as the National Weather Service’s local office and will issue updates if necessary, Foskit said.