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- Tropical Storm Harvey has away from Galveston County.
- Not all routes to Galveston Island are open. Check drivetexas.org before attempting to use the roads.
- Some Galveston County cities have imposed curfews. The City of Dickinson has not rescinded its mandatory evacuation.
Update, Wednesday 10:30 a.m.
The center of Tropical Storm Harvey has crossed into Louisiana, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm is expected to weaken to a tropical depression by about 7 a.m. Thursday.
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Update, Tuesday 5:52 p.m.
The city of Galveston on Tuesday completed six high water rescues throughout the day, Fire Chief Mike Wisko said. The city received about 40 calls from people who wanted to make sure they were safe in their homes, Wisko said.
Update, Tuesday 5:15 p.m.
About 18 homes in Texas City were being asked to evacuate the area near the Gulf Coast Water Authority's reservoir Tuesday afternoon in case the lake breached and flooded the area.
Texas City's Office of Emergency Management on Tuesday afternoon asked 18 households on South Humble Camp Road to evacuate. Homeowners should turn off the main breaker in their home to avoid a fire, the office said.
Emergency responders were checking homes on South Humble Camp Road to make sure people evacuated, the office said in a social media post. No other area was being asked to evacuate, the post said.
The office said there was a 10 percent chance the reservoir could breach.
Update, Tuesday 4:50 p.m.
The city of Galveston on Wednesday will reopen all facilities with the exception of Island Transit and Lasker Park Community Pool, according to a tweet from city officials.
Update, Tuesday 3:10 p.m.
At least 40,000 people in Galveston County are likely displaced by Tropical Storm Harvey’s deluge, County Judge Mark Henry said Tuesday morning.
First responders and city officials have been taking evacuees to drier patches where people are being bused to emergency shelters to stay or meet other family members.
But it’s not yet clear what longer-term options there will be for displaced residents, city and police officials said. People were waiting to learn more from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and what help will be available, two displaced families said.
That’s the difficult part and “it’s hard to wrap your head around,” Dickinson Mayor Julie Masters said Tuesday afternoon.
“We’re really still in rescue mode, we haven’t gotten to recovery yet,” Master said. “We’re starting to look in that direction though as the weather clears up.”
Rescue operations continued Tuesday, though there were fewer calls than previous days, officials said.
“We’re still getting a few people out of their homes and getting the people we do have on buses to get them out of town because their houses are unlivable for now,” Masters said.
The mayor recommended people who have relatives or friends with safe housing try to stay there at least for the coming days until leaders can get more information about long-term housing options.
“If they can find a place to stay that would truly be the best option,” Masters said.
Update, Tuesday 1:44 p.m.
The Marines have landed in Galveston County.
A contingent of Marine Corps Amphibious Assault Vehicles was spotted on Seawall Boulevard this afternoon.
The city spokeswoman Jaree Hefner said the treaded vehicles are heading for the mainland to provide assistance in rescue and recovery effects.
Update, Tuesday 1:10 p.m.
It's difficult to say what the human toll in Galveston County is at this point because emergency responders are so inundated with calls and actively trying to save lives.
Earlier today, a medical examiner's office official said there had been four deaths, but it wasn't yet clear if they were directly-related to Harvey. Dickinson police had reported three alone, with just one counted in the medical examiner's tally. League City had at least one death, according to the medical examiner's office.
North county police are unable to provide details about what they're seeing as far as deaths right now because rescue operations are ongoing, a spokesman said.
"Right now our only effort is to make sure we don't have any more deaths and make sure our citizens are taken care of," League City Police Department spokesman Kelly Williamson said.
"After we turn to more of a rebuilding process, then we'll be able to give details on who, what, where and why. But now you know we're fully staffed but we're spread very thin."
Update, Tuesday 12:30 p.m.
Dickinson officials were asking for donations of non-perishable food, bottled water, hygiene and cleaning supplies, new bed sheets, blankets and children supplies Tuesday morning.
The donations could be dropped off at Dickinson High School at 3800 Baker Drive, spokesman Tim Cromie said.
The city was also still rescuing people and urged anyone who needed to evacuate but was unable to call the emergency operations center at 281-337-4700 ext. 311, he said.
No one was picked up in an overnight rescue in Dickinson but emergency crews continued to take calls, Cromie said.
Dickinson emergency crews were not suspended overnight, but those rescues were limited to people with critical needs to avoid danger for first responders, Cromie said.
Rescue operations were continuing in the morning, he said. Some residents are refusing to leave despite the mandatory evacuation, but police do not have an estimate of how many people remain in the city, Cromie said.
A homeowner on Deats Road reached this morning said water had retreated and was no longer inside her home. She planned to stay to continue cleaning out her house and avoid having mold spread, she said.
Update, Tuesday 10:25 a.m.
The University of Texas Medical Branch has closed all of its clinics today, officials said. All three of its hospital and emergency room locations will remain open.
Update, Tuesday 9:35 a.m.
Texas City emergency officials are telling residents to stay in their homes and off the roads unless indoor flooding threatens their safety after rains from Tropical Storm Harvey continued to swamp the county overnight.
"If you don't have to get on the road, please don't," said Tom Munoz, the city's emergency management coordinator.
Some of the city's main thoroughfares, including Palmer Highway, are under water, he said.
Munoz was not aware of Texas City residents who had significant flooding inside their homes Tuesday morning, but issued a caution for people experiencing flooding.
"If you have a few inches or less of water in your home, please stay in place. If you have more than a foot of water and it is still rising, please call 911," Texas City Emergency Management posted on social media Tuesday morning.
"If the water level is approaching electrical outlets, or you are leaving your home, it is imperative that you turn off the main breaker to your home to prevent a fire."
Update, Tuesday 9:28 a.m.
The Galveston-Port Bolivar Ferry is not operating this morning, Galveston County spokeswoman Brittany Viegas said. Winds and high tides are preventing the ferry from opening.
Highway 87 off of the peninsula is open, Viegas said. There have been no reports of flooded houses on Bolivar, she said.
Update, Tuesday 8:31 a.m.
Galveston Island saw nearly 7 inches of rain overnight, which is causing significant street flooding on the island.
Tides and winds from the north brought on by Tropical Storm Harvey are also contributing to the flooding by pushing water from Galveston Bay onto the island.
Showers and thunderstorms should taper off by the afternoon, said Ken Prochazka, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in League City.
“Then the stronger showers and thunderstorms that were happening overnight should taper off,” he said. “You’ll be looking at light rain, with a few showers mixed in, all the way through tomorrow afternoon.”
There are 30 mph winds coming from the north, with gusts up to 50 mph, that are pushing water from the bay into the back side of the island and onto Bolivar Peninsula.
Even after the rain slows, the flood levels will persist though the afternoon hours, he said.
“By tomorrow afternoon, you’ll be looking at 3 inches drained,” he said.
Galveston and Chambers County got the most rain overnight. Farther inland, where the worst flooding has occurred in the county this week, saw rainfall amounts of 4 inches to 5 inches.
Update, Tuesday 7:56 a.m.
City of Galveston facilities are closed on Tuesday, after a night of heavy rains on the island. Trash pickup on the island is also postponed.
There were no immediate reports of rescues or home-flooding in Galveston from overnight. The city has been spared the kind of damage caused by Tropical Storm Harvey in other parts of the county.
A preliminary list of flooded streets in Galveston, provided by the city includes: Broadway, 39th Street, 45th Street, Ferry Road, 4th Street, Harborside Drive, 19th Street, 16th Street, Heards Lane, Marina Boulevard, Stewart Road, Strand, Mechanic Street, Market Street, and Sportsman Road.
Update, Monday 9:20 p.m.
People who loot, burglarize, rob or commit other crimes while the county is facing a disaster will face harsher legal punishments, Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady said Monday night.
Texas law allows for enhanced punishments for anyone committing theft, burglary, robbery or assault in a disaster area or in times of evacuation, Roady said. Galveston County has been declared a disaster area because of historic and severe flooding caused by Tropical Storm Harvey.
"The Galveston County District Attorney’s Office will seek jail or prison time in any case where such crimes have been committed during this declaration of disaster and related emergency evacuations," Roady said in a Facebook post. "We will show no leniency to those who prey upon others during this time."
Update, Monday 9:15 p.m.
The city of Dickinson has issued a curfew beginning at 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. as emergency crews work in flooded areas.
"Only authorized personnel currently active in official recovery efforts should be out in public," Dickinson Police Sgt. Tim Cromie said. "All other citizens are required to be indoors during the curfew times."
Officers will be patrolling throughout the night in marked and high water vehicles, he said.
Update, Monday 6:50 p.m.
The Galveston County Health District was urging people to avoid as much as possible walking in flood water, which could contain hazards or raw sewage.
According to the health district, flood water can contain sharp debris, oil, gasoline, chemicals, downed power lines and raw sewage.
Residents should pay attention to local media, official websites and social media for water advisories from local municipal providers, the health district said.
Update, Monday 6:18 p.m.
Santa Fe has issued a mandatory curfew for tonight, according to a press release from the city.
The curfew is in effect from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., and is in effect until Sept. 4.
The decision was a made to deter crime taking place at night, officials say.
"We're just trying to keep down on the looting," said Lt. Greg Boody, a department spokeswoman.
City emergency responders performed between 150 and 200 high-water rescues on Sunday, Boody said
Update, Monday 5:23 p.m.
Galveston Island Beach Patrol on Sunday rescued 117 people and 20 pets in Dickinson, Beach Patrol Chief Peter Davis said. The Galveston Police Department marine division rescued about 50 more, he said.
Beach Patrol moved up to League City Monday to help out with efforts there, Davis said.
Update, Monday 5:22 p.m.
Galveston County victims of Tropical Storm Harvey can begin to file for federal assistance.
Applications can be filled out for grants for things like temporary housing and home repairs. The easiest way to apply is at disasterassistance.gov.
The registration phone number is 1-800-621-3362.
Update, Monday 2:15 p.m.
The City of Dickinson has called a mandatory evacuation. Residents who do not leave the city will not have resources to search-and-rescue crews to help them if more flooding occurs. Some Dickinson residents are being bused to the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Follow @marissambarnett on Twitter for updates.
Update, Monday 9:50 a.m.
Galveston County released an updated list of shelter locations and supplies needed for people evacuating flooded homes in Dickinson and other parts of the county. Here's the list county officials posted to social media:
Updated as of 9:30 a.m.
• 7801 Neville Ave., Hitchcock
• Henry Bauerschlag Elementary, 2051 Brittany Bay Blvd.
• Creekside intermediate, 4320 W. Main St.
• Hometown Heroes Park, 1535 Dickinson Ave.
• Fire Station No. 2, 2120 Hobbs Road
• Fire Station No. 3, 3575 FM 518 E.
• Bay Harbour Methodist, 3459 FM 518 E., Red Cross shelter
• Clear Creek High School
• Victory Lakes Intermediate
• Fritz Barnett Intermediate gymnasium, 4135 Warpath Ave.
• Holiday Inn, 805 Harris Ave.
• Friendswood Activity Building, 416 Morningside Dr.
• First Baptist Church
• McGuire Dent
• Odyssey Academy
• America’s Best Hotel
• Lobit Elementary
Donations needed at all shelters by drop-off:
• Bottled water
• Non-perishable food
• Blankets, socks, towels
• Pet food
• Diapers (Infant and adult)
Update, Monday 9:23 a.m.
Interstate 45 between Galveston and Houston is flooded in spots with inaccessible exits, according to Texas Department of Transportation.
While you can get on the freeway in Galveston and go across the causeway, most exits are inaccessible and parts of the interstate are covered with water.
Exits near Hitchcock, Dickinson, League City and Friendswood are flooded or are blocked by flooding from southbound and northbound lanes.
Some frontage roads are also flooded, the department said.
Texas Department of Transportation is discouraging traffic in affected areas.
Update, Sunday 9:12 p.m.
University of Texas Medical Branch will remain in emergency operations Monday but officials are asking all staff members to come to work if they can safely do so.
Hospitals and emergency rooms at the Galveston, League City and Angleton Danbury campuses will remain open, officials said. People who live in Galveston but usually work on the mainland can contact their supervisor to see if they can fill in on the island, according to a news release.
People who can't reach their workplace need to contact their supervisors, officials said.
Classes are canceled until further notice, and all mainland outpatient clinics will be closed Monday, Aug. 28.
Several outpatient clinics on the island will be open. The Family Medicine, Galveston Island West clinic on Stewart Road and the University Health Clinics building and Primary Care Pavilion on Galveston Campus will be open and have certain clinical services available, according to a news release.
Update, Sunday 7:24 p.m.
Dickinson police have confirmed two deaths in the city Sunday. Officials could not confirm whether the deaths were related to the weather and couldn't release any details about the circumstances, Dickinson detective Tim Cromie said.
Update, Sunday 4:55 p.m.
Among the vessels that helped with rescues in Galveston County on Sunday was one that is commonly seen on Galveston city streets: The Galveston Duck Tours amphibious vehicle.
Duck Tours co-owner Michelle Sollenberger, who is also a Galveston Police Department detective, said one of her drivers, Jack Doherty, who is also a Galveston Police department officer, took the duck boat to parts of La Marque and Santa Fe at daybreak on Saturday morning.
“This morning La Marque PD and Santa Fe PD and couple other places had called for assistance,” Sollenberger said. “When he got off work, he asked if he could take the duck and go and help with the couple of rescues they had requested.”
Sollenberger said Doherty called off using the boat around noon, over fears currents would tip it over. It’s returned to Galveston.
“We’d hate to rescue somebody, and then have to rescued,” Sollenberger said.
Update, Sunday 3:41 p.m.
Friendswood had imposed a curfew starting tonight at 10 p.m. until 6 a.m., the city said in a Twitter post. There was no immediate word about how long the curfew will continue.
The city also reassured residents that the city's drinking water was safe and plentiful.
Update, Sunday 1:34 p.m.
Texas City ISD will be closed through next weekend. Schools will reopen Tuesday Sept. 5, Director of Communications Melissa Tortorici reported in an email.
Update, Sunday 1:29 p.m.
Galveston Sheriff Henry Trochesset is helping what he calls the "Texas Navy" at FM 517 and Interstate 45 in Dickinson.
Emergency responders and volunteers are using a fleet boats to go east into Dickinson and retrieve people from flooded homes, Trochesset said.
Trochesset said between six and eight school buses had been filled. Evacuees were sent to shelters in Hitchcock and Santa Fe, Trochesset said.
"Right now, pretty much the whole city is under water," Trochesset said of Dickinson.
Operations on the highway have been going since 9 a.m., he said. They will go as long as people are requesting evacuations.
Update, Sunday 12:24 p.m.
Clear Creek ISD will be closed through Friday. Schools will reopen Sept. 5, district staff said.
Update, Sunday 12:15 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for the Santa Fe area until 12:30 pm.
Update, Sunday 11:57 a.m.
Potable water is safe to drink in League City, according to a Twitter post from the city's account.
Update, Sunday 11:05 a.m.
The Texas Department of Transportation Houston District has urged people to stay off of the road today.
"Do not attempt to get on the road," the agency tweeted on Sunday morning. "It is not safe. Not only are major freeways and highways impacted but many city roads."
Update, Sunday 10:34 a.m.
The City of Galveston says cruise ships will not return to the Port of Galveston within the next 24 hours. The port remains closed to inbound and outbound traffic.
Two ships the Carnival Freedom and the Carnival Valor were diverted to New Orleans earlier this week. Two other ships the Carnival Breeze and the Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas remained in the Gulf of Mexico behind the storm.
Update, Sunday 9:50 a.m.
There were at least five displaced families staying at La Marque City Hall after getting rescued from flooding-related issues, Mayor Bobby Hocking said. The city had set up cots in the city building on Bayou Road and was gathering food and supplies, he said.
Residents in subdivisions in Painted Meadows and Saltgrass Crossing had reported flooding, Hocking said. Others
The recent break in rain had allowed streets in La Marque to start clearing up, he said.
“We’re beginning to drain,” Hocking said. “Bayou Road was a rushing river and now it’s empty.”
Update, Sunday 9:48 p.m.
Officials at the county’s emergency management office on FM 646 called in the Texas Army National Guard to help with rescues, Commissioner Ken Clark said.
“There are thousands of people to rescue,” Clark said. "We’re trying to get people out of harms way and deploying everybody we can.”
Update, Sunday 9:46 a.m.
Nearly all streets impassable in Clear Lake Shores, Mayor Mike McNamara said.
“Several structures are with water intrusion,” McNamara said.
No injuries are reported, he said.
Seabrook will have no trash pickup on Monday.
City officials ask that residents do not place garbage or debris on the curb because more rain is expected over the next 24 to 48 hours.
Update, Sunday 9:21 a.m.
Galveston County is asking anyone with a flat bottomed boat willing to assist in recuse to please call Brittany at 409-978-0242. Resources are staging at Gulf Greyhound Park in La Marque.
League City Police are also seeking boat operators for assistance: "Please call 281-554-1075 if you can be mobile with your boat and are experienced in operation of the boat."
Update, Sunday 8:59 a.m.
Any lull in the rain across Galveston County is temporary, the National Weather Service in League City is warning.
At this hour, some places in the county are experiencing a lull in rain, said Nikky Hathaway, a meteorologist at the weather service.
The lull is just a brief reprieve between rain bands, Hathaway said. Heavy rain will continue throughout the county all day.
League City received 25 inches in the last day. The city could see between another 15 and 25 inches of rain in the next 24 hours.
“This is only day one,” Hathaway said. “It’s moving, but not fast enough.”
Update, Sunday 8:48 a.m
Dickinson Police are asking if anyone with a boat would be willing to help rescue people from their flooded homes. Call 281-337-4700.
Update, Sunday 8:15 a.m
Kemah has opened a shelter at the Holiday Inn, 805 Harris Ave., Mayor Carl Joiner said.
“Some of our neighborhoods had streets that were heavily flooded where residents cannot get in or out of their houses,” Joiner said. “We have really been pounded.”
One of his concerns is the Kemah Boardwalk, which is one of the low points in the city, Joiner said.
Update, Sunday 8 a.m
Mainland cities are opening shelters for people displaced by catastrophic flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey.
League City has opened several basic shelters where emergency workers are taking rescued residents.
“These shelters are basic and only include shelter from the weather, water, restroom facilities and a place to sit,” police spokesman Kelly Williamson said.
Basic shelter locations are Baurschlag Elementary School, 2051 League City Parkway; Creekside intermediate, 4320 W. Main St.; Hometown Heroes Park, 1535 Dickinson Ave.; Fire Station No. 2, 2120 Hobbs Road; and Fire Station No. 3, 3575 FM 518 E.
Bay Harbour Methodist, 3459 FM 518 E., is the only designated Red Cross shelter in League City.
Kemah has opened a shelter at the Holiday Inn, 805 Harris Ave., Mayor Carl Joiner said.
“Some of our neighborhoods had streets that were heavily flooded where residents cannot get in or out of their houses,” Joiner said. “We have really been pounded.”
Update, Sunday 7:48 a.m
Joe Compian, a La Marque resident and leader of Gulf Coast Interfaith, said his house on Duroux Drive had 2 inches of flood water in it his morning.
“It’s never flooded here before,” Compian said. He’s lived there since 1963.
Compian said his night started at a Red Cross shelter in League City at about 11:30 p.m. and went to bed in 12:30 p.m. He woke up at 2:30 a.m. to find water pouring into his house.
The water’s since receded, Compian said. But it appeared rain was threatening again.
Update, Sunday 7:15 a.m.
League City officials are dealing with a large number of rescues and are expecting up to 10 more inches of rain in the next 12 hours, police spokesman Kelly Williamson said.
“Medical emergency rescues are priority at this time, followed by high-water rescues,” Williamson said.
Coryell Street in the historic district of League City is covered by as much as 6 feet of water, officials said.
Meanwhile, Kemah Emergency Management officials are advising residents to stay where they are because a most of city’s roads are impassable.
Kemah Police Department and Kemah Volunteer Fire Department are conducting high-water rescues.
City officials said residents should call 911 only if they are in grave danger. Rescues are being performed and are starting with those in life-threatening situations first.
Update, Sunday 6:43 a.m.
Flooding conditions continue to worsen in Friendswood, and emergency crews are conducting water rescues but are inundated with calls, city officials said in a 6:30 a.m. update.
Officials are advising residents to seek shelter in their attics if water is rising in their houses.
“Take bottled water and if possible and a tool to cut through your roof, should it be necessary,” city spokesman Jeff Newpher said.
Update, Sunday 5:53 a.m.
Dickinson Bayou has gone over Interstate 45 at the crossing just south of FM 646, according to reports.
League City fire officials said the water was about 3 feet deep on the freeway’s main lanes.
Some motorists reported cars driving the wrong way on the interstate to avoid the water.
The Texas Department of Transportation reported high water on Interstate 45 at state Highway 6.
Meanwhile, the City of La Marque is reporting severe flooding and city officials are asking people to stay off the roads and do not attempt to travel.
La Marque emergency personnel are answering calls for high water rescues, beginning with the most severe cases. People with knee-level water will be rescued first. If you need help call La Marque Police Department at 409-938-9269, option 1.
Update, Sunday 5:22 a.m.
Preliminary rainfall data from the National Weather Service shows 20.2 inches of rain at Clear Creek and Bay Area Boulevard over the past 24 hours. More rain is in the forecast for Sunday.
Update, Sunday 5:18 a.m.
League City emergency management officials said the entire Bay Colony subdivision was inaccessible to even high-water vehicles. The area can be reached only by boats.
Update, Sunday 5:04 a.m.
Emergency resources across Galveston County are working at full capacity as non-stop high water rescues continue through the night. Parts of the county remain under Flash Flood Warnings and Tornado Warnings. Numerous roads in the county remain impassable at this time.
Update, Sunday 3:29 a.m.
Dickinson Mayor Julie Masters cannot reach her city’s emergency operations center, because she is flooded into her own home.
Masters is in touch with other emergency officials, and said the city is trying to respond to calls for help from Dickinson residents.
“There’s just not enough resources to go around,” Masters said.
Masters said it appears the rain from Tropical Storm Harvey just had no place to drain to prevent flooding. Flood levels appear higher than they were during Hurricane Ike, Masters said.
“It’s insane,” she said.
Update, 2:27 a.m.
League City has announced the locations of three shelters that will be open once water levels in the city recede.
The shelters are located at:
- Creek Side Intermediate, 4320 W Main St
- Hometown Heroes Park, 1001 E League City Parkway
- Bay Harbour United Methodist Church, 3459 FM 518
The city is currently responding to dozens of high-water rescues from vehicles, according to a Facebook post.
Update, Sunday 2:14 a.m.
Friendswood is continuing high-water rescues after sustained rain from Tropical Storm Harvey.
"Creeks are all out of their banks," Assistant City Manager Morad Kabiri said.
Update, Sunday 2:07 a.m.
The Santa Fe Police Department says that 50 households have requested water rescue due to water in their homes.
None of the homes are reporting life-threatening situation, Santa Fe Police Department spokesman Lt. Greg Boody said.
Santa Fe is sending its requests for help to League City's Office of Emergency Management, Boody said.
Update, Sunday 1:35 a.m.
League City got 14 inches of rain in three hours, the National Weather Service said.
Update, Sunday 12:58 a.m.
League City emergency responders are rescuing about a dozen residents from their homes and taking them to shelters.
“Stay where you are at ,” Emergency Management Director Ryan Edghill said. “The safest place to be is your home.”
Many streets in League City are flooded, including parts of Countryside, League City Parkway and Bay Area Boulevard.
Home Town Heroes Park is now open as a shelter, but officials are insisting that residents stay in their homes, even if water is in the home.
If water is in your home, call 911.
Update, Sunday 12:48 a.m.
Emergency responders in League City, Friendswood and Dickinson are performing rescues from homes and vehicles being flooded by Tropical Storm Harvey.
Dickinson is advising residents to shelter in place. Most roads in Dickinson are currently under water and are not passable, according to a police press release.
Update, Sunday 12 a.m.
The Friendswood Activity Building, 416 Morningside Dr., has been opened as an emergency shelter for people being picked up from their homes or cars by police.
Update, Saturday 11:06 p.m.
Update, 11:01 p.m.
The City of Galveston has is asking residents to shelter in place throughout the evening.
Update, 10:15 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Emergency / Warning for the entire Houston region. Heavy rains are moving across Galveston County and emergency personnel are responding to reports of flooded roads and downed trees. Officials are encouraging everyone to stay off the road unless absolutely necessary.
The Storm Surge Warning has expired for our area but a Tropical Storm Warning and Tornado Watch remain in effect.
Update, 7:15 p.m.
The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center predicts that Harvey will continue north through central Texas as opposed to previous forecasts that it would reenter the Gulf on the way toward Galveston County.
The forecast still calls for Galveston County to receive 20+ inches of rain over the next five days, but if accurate, the strongest wind gusts would now be over.
The County remains under a Tropical Storm Warning, Storm Surge Warning, Flash Flood Watch and Tornado Watch at this time.
Update, 3:55 p.m.
Brazoria County officials say the San Luis Pass Bridge has reopened.
Update, 3:01 p.m.
Galveston Island Beach Patrol made no rescues in the wake of Hurricane Harvey but have been moving people off the beach throughout Saturday, Chief Peter Davis said.
“We started at 7:30 a.m. with a kayak, a swimmer and a surfer going out together,” Davis said.
Teams have moved roughly 40 people out of the Gulf by 2:44 p.m., Davis said.
Beach Patrol might open the beach back up to experienced surfers once the waves calm down a bit, Davis said.
Update, 1:34 p.m.
North Galveston County communities face potential flooding as Tropical Storm Harvey continues to dump rain on Texas.
Harris County Flood District has a flood gate just north of Clear Lake’s natural outlet at Kemah and Seabrook that it can open when water elevations in Clear Lake or Clear Creek are higher than Galveston Bay, according to the district.
Clear Lake was at 4.58 feet at 1:25 p.m., and Galveston Bay was 4.25 feet at 1:25 p.m., according to the district's sensors on state Highway 146.
Update, 1:18 p.m.
Hurricane Harvey has become a tropical storm as it moves slowly northwest over the Texas coast. The storm will continue to weaken over the next two days.
Harvey is expected to move little over the next several days and to continue to drop prodigious amounts of rain on some areas.
A storm surge warning is still in effect in Galveston County, and some areas on the coast and along Galveston Bay could see a surge as high was four feet, if peak surge occurs during high tides.
Parts of Galveston County could still see 20 inches or more of rain over the next week.
Update, 12:38 p.m.
The University of Texas Medical Branch has closed several locations across the area, including Island West, Angleton, South Shore and Texas City.
The Alvin and League City urgent care facilities will remain open, officials said.
Pediatric urgent care services will be available Sunday at the UTMB Bay Colony location, 2785 Gulf Freeway S #2, League City.
Regular services are expected to resume Monday, dependent on how the weather conditions develop over the weekend, officials said.
Update, 12:36 p.m.
The National Weather Service measured Clear Creek at Friendswood at 7.27 feet at 11 a.m. Saturday and reports the creek is rising.
Update, 12:05 p.m.
Most roads in League City are clear, Mayor Pat Hallisey said.
Streets closest to Clear Creek have water on them, but the water is draining and the water in adjacent ditches is moving as well, he said.
“I would have expected more of them to be flooded,” Hallisey said.
Hallisey spent part of Saturday morning driving around town to survey road conditions.
He heard reports that Bay Ridge Drive was under water, but by the time he drove there, the street was clear, Hallisey said.
Hallisey confirmed that Seventh Street and Landrum are closed and estimated that the water looked about 3 feet deep there, he said.
Other streets near the Butler Longhorn Museum area are open, although the pond next to the museum is up to the driveway, Hallisey said.
“We’ve got a lot more rain coming,” Hallisey said. “Stay away from the creek and the lake.”
Update, 11:11 a.m.
There are multiple road closures around parts of unincorporated Galveston County, especially in low-lying areas.
- Country Club Road (Dickinson)
- SE Tropical Gardens Road (Dickinson)
- Green Caye (Dickinson)
- San Luis Pass Bridge
- Avenue B in Bacliff
- 3100 Dimrod
In a Facebook post, Galveston County Judge Mark Henry urged people not to drive through roads that are covered with water.
Update, 10:35 a.m.
Minor flooding at Seventh Street and Landrum has shut down the two streets, League City Police said.
The intersection is near Clear Creek in League City.
Water is covering parts of South Shore Boulevard this morning, police spokesman Kelly Williamson said.
“There are several downed trees, but we get them removed very quickly,” Williamson said.
League City officials have not reported any other road closings.
Update, 10 a.m.
The Jamaica Beach Fire Department was without power on Saturday as a result of Hurricane Harvey.
Jamaica Beach Fire Chief Kyle Baden said the power outage shouldn’t affect the department’s ability to respond to emergencies. A CenterPoint Energy crew was en route to restore power. Baden said the outage was caused by a popped fuse and not a downed power line.
The fire department did respond to multiple downed power lines over night, Baden said. This morning, there was some street flooding, although it’s not drastically different than past high-tide events, he said.
“It’s probably equivalent to what we had in Tropical Storm Cindy,” Baden said.
Heavy rains were passing over Galveston Island on Saturday morning, and there were increased reports of flooding around the island.
Update, 9:59 a.m.
The city of Galveston has closed several roads because of high water. All the roads on the West End are passable, but those roads do have about 3 inches of standing water on them, according to the city.
Here's a list of the roads that are impassable.
- Harborside Dr.
- Ferry Rd.
- Outbound 46th through 51st on Broadway
- 61st and Avenue L
- 73rd and Heards Ln
- Crockett Blvd and 47th
If traffic lights are flashing, the city has designated these intersections as four-way stops.
- 51st lights flashing red in all directions.
- East and west bound lights at 5th and 10th and Seawall blinking.
- 29th Ave P lights flashing
Update, 9:33 a.m.
The American Red Cross plans to move its shelter from La Marque to League City later this morning, because of a water leak.
The shelter and the people staying there will be moved at noon. The new shelter location will be at the Bay Harbour United Methodist Church, at 3459 FM 518 in League City.
The Red Cross and Galveston County established a shelter at the Abundant Life Christian Center, 601 Delany Road, in La Marque on Friday. The roof of the shelter began leaking overnight, said Stephanie Greeson, the disaster program manager for the Red Cross.
There are 25 people staying in the La Marque shelter, she said.
The shelter will still accept clients, Greeson said. She wasn't sure how many more people will show up.
"I Think that depends on what the storm does," she said.
People who intend to use the shelter should bring identification, medication and enough supplies for a three to five day stay.
Update, Saturday 8:30 a.m.
There's a flash flood watch in effect through Tuesday for Galveston County, according to the National Weather Service.
Update, Saturday 8:11 a.m.
The Galveston-Port Bolivar Ferry has not resumed operations this morning, according to its Twitter page.
"We have ferry crews ready to go but tide still too high to operate ferry," the tweet says. "We are monitoring conditions and will resume when it is safe."
Update, Saturday 8:03 a.m.
There are wide-spread power outages across Galveston County this morning due to Hurricane Harvey.
Centerpoint Energy's website shows large outages on the West End of Galveston Island, mainly starting west of 61st Street, though there are outages on the east side of the island as well. There is a large outage in Hitchcock.
Centerpoint's website says there are 4,682 customers without power in its coverage area, which includes the island and areas west of Interstate 45. There are more than 62,000 outages in the Greater Houston area.
Texas - New Mexico Power has removed an outage tracking map from its website and replaced it with a message.
"More outages continued to be reported overnight and, so long as Harvey is around, that can be expected to continue," the website says. "Our crews will work so long as it's safe to do so, prioritizing outages that affect the largest numbers of customers"
On Twitter, Centerpoint warned that "longer restoration times are possible during flood conditions."
New outages are likely to occur through the duration of the storm.
Update, 9:01 p.m.
Hurricane Harvey has made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane. The landfall occurred near Rockport, about 190 miles southwest of Galveston.
Not much about the local forecast from Harvey has changed. It is expected to produce tropical storm strength winds tonight and Saturday morning.
A storm surge between 2 feet and 8 feet is predicted, with the West End of Galveston seeing a higher surge.
Parts of Galveston County could see 20 inches or more of rain over the next five days.
Southwestern Galveston County is under a flood advisory until 9:45 p.m. Heavy rain due to thunderstorms could cause minor flooding in some areas.
Rain bands from Hurricane Harvey will produce gusty winds, locally heavy rainfall, and isolated tornadoes throughout the night, according to the National Weather Service. The rain bands will become more widespread through tonight.
A tornado watch is in effect until 2 a.m. for all of southeast Texas.
Just before landfall, President Donald Trump on Twitter announced he had declared a federal disaster proclamation.
Update, 8:16 p.m.
Centerpoint Energy is reporting a sizable power outage for customers between 81st Street and the Galveston Island State Park in Galveston.
The company's website estimates power will be restored around 9:30 p.m. tonight.
Current outages on Galveston Island can be seen here.
Update, 7:03 p.m.
Facebook has activated a feature on its website called the Facebook Safety Check. The feature allows people on the Texas Coast to mark themselves as "safe" or access other resources during Hurricane Harvey
Update, 6:17 p.m.
The Galveston - Port Bolivar Ferry has suspended operations, according to the Ferry's Twitter page.
"Services will resume when safe to do so," the post says.
Ferry service is generally canceled when seas are too high, or winds are too strong for the ships to safely cross the Houston Ship Channel.
With the ferry out of service, the only way off of Bolivar Peninsula is Highway 87. Officials anticipate that the highway will be cut off by storm surge, tides and rain some time during the storm.
Update, 6 p.m.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation suspending the collection of hotel occupancy taxes from people displaced by Hurricane Harvey and from emergency responders who are participating in relief efforts.
The suspension is in effect until Sept. 6.
Hotel occupancy taxes are collected from visitors to hotels, motels and vacation rentals. The taxes, which are split between the state and local entities, are required to be spent on tourism related expenses.
Update, 5:35 p.m.
Texas-New Mexico Power is reporting outages in some areas, including parts of Galveston County.
According to the company's website, there are 3,333 customers affected by outages in Dickinson, Friendswood, La Marque and Texas City.
Right now, the website says power should be returned to the areas tonight.
Customers can call 888-866-7456 to report outages or hear the latest updates about restoration.
Update, 5:26 p.m.
The STURGIS, a former floating nuclear reactor being dismantled in the Galveston Ship Channel, has been fully secured before Hurricane Harvey's landfall, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The team dismantling the ship has completed securing the vessel itself, secured all openings, tightened all mooring lines (which are designed to withstand up to Category 5-level winds) and removed potentially loose equipment on site like gangways.
More than 98 percent of the radioactive material aboard the STURGIS has already been removed, according to the Corps. The majority of the remaining residual radioactive material on STURGIS is contained in the metal walls of the Primary Shield Tank inside the barge.
The STURGIS arrived in Galveston in 2015.
Update, Friday 4:32 p.m.
Hurricane Harvey was 60 miles east southeast of Corpus Christi at 4 p.m. With maximum sustained winds of 125 mph, a Category 3 hurricane.
Harvey is creating tropical storm force winds as far as 140 miles away from its eye. Winds of at least 34 mph are still expected to form in Galveston about 8 p.m.
The National Weather Service is predicted storm surges between 2 and 8 feet across the county, with higher surges happening on the West End of Galveston Island.
The weather service's worst case scenario model shows a storm surge of between 3 and 6 feet in neighborhoods on the bay side of the island, including Jamaica Beach.
Galveston is still predicted to receive 20 inches or more of rain over the next week. The rain could lead to prolonged flooding in some areas of the county.
Update, Friday 3:10 p.m.
Galveston County is urging Bolivar Peninsula residents who intend to leave to do so immediately and before the Galveston-Port Bolivar Ferry suspends service.
Galveston County Judge Mark Henry called a voluntary evacuation for the peninsula on Thursday.
The Texas Department of Transportation is planning to end ferry service at 6 p.m., according to the county.
The ferry is one of two ways off the peninsula. The other option, Highway 87, is likely to be cut off by a combination of storm surge, wind and heavy rain. High winds could also inhibit air rescues, according to the county.
"Residents staying should be aware that first responders may not be able to reach them in the event of an emergency," the county said in a press release.
Earlier in the afternoon, the county sent a bus to Bolivar Peninsula to evacuate people who did not have alternative transportation or accommodations. Henry said six people were transported off the peninsula to a Red Cross shelter in La Marque.
Update, Friday 2:21
Galveston Island is under a tornado warning until 2:45 p.m. The National Weather Service in League City is tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing tornadoes 30 miles east of the Galveston Pleasure Pier.
The weather is calling for people across Galveston to take shelter immediately.
"Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely," according to the weather service.
Update, Friday 2:09 p.m.
Galveston residents have only a few hours left to evacuate if they choose to do so, Mayor Jim Yarbrough said at a Friday press conference.
The city has not issued a mandatory evacuation and won’t at any point, Yarbrough said. Because Hurricane Harvey is expected to stall over Southeast Texas early next week, evacuation won’t be a feasible option throughout the storm, Yarbrough said.
"There won't be any time for any evacuation at this point," Yarbrough said.
Other locations that Galveston residents would usually evacuate to are expecting just as much bad weather as the island, Yarbrough said.
The city is starting to place barricades around the downtown area and on FM 3005. Police and fire officials are stationed on the West End, where storm surge is expected to be highest. Jamaica Beach is looking at 5 to 8 feet storm surge at Jamaica Beach, Yarbrough said.
Update, Friday 1:35 p.m.
The National Weather Service reported on Twitter that at least one feeder road off of Interstate 45 has flooded. Water is pooling near Bayou Vista, just north of the Galveston Causeway.
Update, Friday 1:23 p.m.
The state’s windstorm insurer of last resort has stopped accepting new and increased coverage plans as Hurricane Harvey bears down on the Texas coast.
Texas Windstorm Insurance Association officials announced a moratorium Friday when Harvey was designed a hurricane by the U.S. Weather Bureau, officials said.
The moratorium will stay in place until the association’s general manager announces that the storm no longer threatens property in the association’s coverage area, officials said.
Update, Friday 1 p.m.
All cruise ships scheduled to leave Galveston Saturday have been delayed, said Peter Simons, interim port director for the Port of Galveston.
The news comes after the captain of the port initiated condition Zulu at noon Friday, leading to the port closing to all inbound and outbound traffic.
Port officials expected gale force winds within 12 hours.
“Depending on the weather, we may be able to bring some ships in on Sunday,” Simons said.
Port officials would know more about cruise ships after a conference call with the cruise companies at 11 a.m. Saturday, Simons said.
Update, Friday 12:57 p.m.
League City will close all city parks and public buildings at 4 p.m. today.
City officials will meet Sunday to reassess plans for the rest of the week, city spokesman Bryan Roller said.
Seabrook issued a voluntary evacuation for residents today, Emergency Management Director Jeff Galyean said.
Also, the city is keeping a close eye on Todville Road. The Seabrook street was collecting debris this afternoon.
“During high tide, Todville Road is going to get water on it,” Galyean said. But with rough seas and continued storm conditions, the city could close the street if it stays underwater, he said.
Update, Friday 12:33 p.m.
Texas City's industrial complex is still up and running, said Tom Munoz, the city's emergency management coordinator.
Munoz is staying in touch with major plant operators, including Marathon, Valero and Eastman, to get periodic updates on industrial operations, he said.
Update, Friday 12:01 p.m.
About 70 Texas A&M University at Galveston students on Friday evacuated the Pelican Island campus just days after moving in.
Campus officials decided to evacuate the school after realizing that Hurricane Harvey wasn’t just going to “punch through Corpus,” Chief Operating Officer Michael Fossum said.
The students will relocate to Park West Apartments in College Station until it's safe to return, Fossum said.
The first day of class on Monday has been cancelled, and the official move-in day today has also been postponed, campus officials said. Most of the students who had already moved in were attending a pre-college orientation camp.
“I was just worried about where they were going to take us.” Freshman student Julia Hambright said. "I was concerned about going somewhere new. We just got here and I was getting used to it and now we have to go somewhere else."
"Now, it’s just what we have to do,” Hambright said.
Update, Friday 11:48 a.m.
The city of Kemah has called for a voluntary evacuation.
Update, Friday 11:45 a.m.
Gusty, windy tropical storm conditions will reach League City this afternoon, but the city is not issuing an evacuation notice for residents, Emergency Management Director Ryan Edghill said.
League City officials are most worried about the weather Saturday night and Sunday as rain from Hurricane Harvey continues to fall in northern Galveston County. The creeks and bayous will be full and possibly overflowing, he said.
“Our concern is a big flooding event,” Edghill said.
About 25 inches of rain is possible for the area.
Some streets are more susceptible to flooding, but officials can't predict where the worst problems might occur, Edghill said.
The Emergency Management office in League City will have a full staff working 24 hours a day for the duration of the storm.
Update, Friday 11:07 a.m.
Commercial angler Kenny Guindon and his crew finished closing up and securing their boat at Pier 19 this morning after returning from offshore around 12 a.m. this morning.
The crew had been about 70 miles offshore fishing for red snapper since Tuesday, but Thursday morning the water started to get choppy, Guindon said.
"It was only about a five or six foot chop, but it has the potential to become life-threatening," Guindon said.
The crew started heading back on the 12 or so hour trip back to shore, he said.
"The last 10 to 12 miles it was pretty freaking dicey," Guindon said. "The shallow waters with the wind was pushing us around."
Guindon's been in worse and more choppy waters, he said. But the crew planned to stay in for the next few days, he said.
Update, Friday 11:03 a.m.
The City of La Marque has issued a voluntary evacuation order. Citizens with functional needs, medical needs and homes that are prone to flooding are urged to evacuate. Citizens needing dialysis should call ESRD Network at 469-916-3800.
The hurricane protection levee gates have been closed on Getty Road and Lake Road. Highland Bayou Park and Mahan Park will be closed until water levels return to normal.
Update, Friday 10:52 a.m.
The Texas Department of Transportation is denying a Facebook rumor about the Galveston Causeway closing.
Update, Friday 10:45 a.m.
The Port of Galveston will initiate condition Zulu at noon Friday, upgrading from condition Yankee. Condition Zulu means gale force winds are predicted to arrive within 12 hours and the port is closed to all inbound and outbound traffic.
Update, Friday 10:10 a.m.
At 10 a.m., Hurricane Harvey was located 115 miles southeast of Corpus Christi. It was moving northwest at 10 mph but is expected to slow down over the next couple days. It is expected to make landfall on the middle Texas coast tonight or early Saturday.
Harvey's sustained winds were 110 mph, and some strengthening is still possible.
The Galveston County area is still predicted to receive 20 inches or more of rain over the next week. Tropical storm strength winds — that is sustained winds of 34 mph or more — are expected to start arriving around 8 p.m. tonight.
The West End of Galveston Island is still predicted to bring storm surges up to 8 feet over the next 36 hours. Points further east along the coast could storm surges up to 4 feet above normal. Surges could occur on both the beach and the bay sides of Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula.
Update, 9:58 a.m.
As Harvey approaches the Texas coast, some places outside the storm track are offering shelter to people who may need to evacuate.
The State of Louisiana on Friday morning announced that it was offering a 50 percent discount on overnight accommodations in state parks in north Louisiana.
The list of the discounted parks include:
- Chemin-A-Haut State Park (Bastrop): cabins, campsites
- Jimmie Davis State Park (Chatham): cabins, lodges, campsites, group camp
- Lake Bistineau State Park (Doyline): campsites, group camp
- Lake Bruin State Park (St. Joseph): campsites
- Lake Claiborne State Park (Homer): cabins, campsites
- Lake D’Arbonne State Park (Farmerville): cabins, lodges, campsites, group camp
- North Toledo Bend State Park (Zwolle): cabins, campsites, group camp
- Poverty Point Reservoir State Park (Delhi): cabins, lodges, campsites
Reservations can be made only by calling the reservation system at 877-226-7652.
On Friday night, vacation rental marketplace AirBNB announced had activated a program to connect evacuees to find free accommodations outside of the hurricane zone.
The program has been activated in San Antonio, Austin and Dallas and surrounding areas. It will be active until Sept. 1.
The Disaster Response Program can be found here.
Update, Friday 8:50 a.m.
The American Red Cross will open a shelter for evacuees today at 1:30 p.m.
The shelter will be located at the Abundant Life Christian Center, 601 Delany Road, in La Marque.
The county will provide bus transportation to the shelter from the Crystal Beach Fire Station on Bolivar Peninsula, the Freddiesville Water Department and the Bacliff Senior Center.
Buses will leave for the shelter around 1 p.m.
The county is asking people who plan to use the shelters to have identification, medication and supplies for a 3 to 5 day stay.
Update, Friday 7:28 a.m.
Galveston County Judge Mark Henry has extended voluntary evacuations to include all unincorporated low-lying areas in Galveston County. This includes the communities of San Leon, Bacliff, Freddiesville, Old Bayou Vista and Highland Bayou.
A voluntary evacuation for Bolivar Peninsula was called yesterday, and remains in effect.
People who rely on medical assistance or those who cannot go without power for an extended period of time are encouraged to leave.
The National Weather Service is predicting a 2 foot to 4 foot storm surge in some parts of the county — and even higher surges on Galveston's West End. Up to 30 inches of rain in isolated areas through the middle of next week.
Heavy rainfall combined with high tides and winds could hinder transportation to flood-prone areas. Power outages are also possible.
The decision to expand the evacuation is based on the forecast as of Friday morning, according to the county's press release. It is subject to change as weather updates come in.
Update, Thursday 9:56 p.m.
In what's likely to be the last update for Thursday, the National Weather Service has not changed its predictions for how Hurricane Harvey will affect Galveston as it makes landfall on Friday.
Harvey was about 250 miles southeast of Corpus Christi, as of the service's 10 p.m. update (released at about 9:45 p.m.) It was moving northwest at about 10 mph.
Galveston County is still under a tropical storm warning and a storm surge warning, with higher storm surges expected on Galveston's West End. Surge caused by the storm could cause flooding in neighborhoods along the bay side of Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula through Sunday.
The first tropical storm force winds could start being felt locally around 8 p.m. Friday.
Parts of the county could see 20 inches or more of rain through next Thursday, as the storm moves slowly east up the Texas Coast.
Update, Thursday 6:54 p.m.
The University of Texas Medical Branch will be activating emergency operations procedures starting 7 a.m. Friday. Non-essential employees will be released at 3 p.m. Friday unless they have made alternate arrangements with their supervisor, officials said.
Classes at the medical branch are cancelled for Friday and Monday, officials said. Outpatient clinic operations will also be stopped at 3 p.m. Friday, and the medical branch will provide an update on Friday with the status for next week, according to a news release.
All inpatient elective surgeries are being canceled, and urgent care clinics will close Saturday, officials said.
All three hospitals will remain open during the storm, but officials will try to reduce the number of patients staying overnight, where possible, according to the release.
Update, 6:05 p.m.
The City of Dickinson has issued voluntary evacuation notice for residents with medical conditions, special needs and who live in low-lying areas.
"Those residents who experience street and/or yard flooding during usual high tides or high rain fall totals are advised to make plans to secure property and move to higher ground prior to Friday afternoon/evening," Dickinson Police Sergeant Tim Cromie said in a press release.
Update, Thursday 6:01 p.m.
The City of Galveston has upgraded its evacuation recommendation for residents living on the West End of Galveston Island. The city has now issued a voluntary evacuation for all residents west of 103rd Street.
An earlier recommendation suggested an evacuation for residents who had special medical needs or other issues.
Galveston Mayor Jim Yarbrough said the upgraded order was a result of the threat of flooding on the West End potentially cutting off access by emergency vehicles for extended periods of time.
"The issue is the prolonged uncertainty," Yarbrough said.
The National Weather Service latest prediction calls for Galveston County to received up to 25 inches of rain through next Wednesday. Harvey's storm surge could also push tides up to eight feet above normal levels.
Update, Thursday 5:46 p.m.
Texas A&M University at Galveston has cancelled its Friday move-in for students because of Hurricane Harvey, spokesman Bob Wright said.
Some students will already be on campus, however. Those people will be under a shelter-in-place order starting 6 p.m. Friday. The college will provide meals and other essential services during the shelter-in-place, Wright said.
When students will actually be able to move in is up in the air, Wright said.
Business activities will be open until 6 p.m. Friday unless conditions deteriorate, Wright said. All student campus activities, including Check-in Crew, Move-in, O-Week and SALT Camp, will be cancelled after 5 p.m. Thursday.
The school will update the status of classes for Monday, the first day of school, by noon Sunday.
Update, Thursday 4:19 p.m.
Hurricane Harvey's storm surge could be as high as 8 feet on parts of Galveston Island, according to the latest predictions by the National Weather Service.
The service's 4 p.m. Thursday update kept Galveston County under a tropical storm warning, but increased the height of the local storm surge.
The weather service is predicting between 5 feet and 8 feet of storm surge at points between Sargent, Texas, and Jamaica Beach. Eastern points of the county to High Island are predicted to have between 2 feet and 4 feet of storm surge.
The highest surges will occur near where the storm makes landfall in the middle Texas Coast. Surge flooding can depend on the timing of the landfall and tidal cycle.
At 4 p.m., Harvey was located 490 miles southeast miles of Corpus Christi. It was moving north-northwest at 10 mph.
The storm is predicted to turn more northwest and slow down over the next couple days. It is expected to stall over the Texas coast and begin moving northeast after making landfall. It could arrive in Galveston County as a tropical storm on Tuesday.
Update, Thursday 2:49 p.m.
Galveston County has called a voluntary evacuation for the Bolivar Peninsula. The evacuation order goes into effect on Friday at 8 a.m.
The order includes Port Bolivar, Crystal Beach, High Island and Gilchrist. Residents who rely on medical assistance or who cannot go without power for an extended period of time, according to the county.
The National Weather Service is predicting 15 inches or more of rain for the Galveston County area, along with high tides and storm surge.
The weather could disrupt service on the Galveston - Port Bolivar Ferry and cut off Highway 87, the one land route off of the peninsula.
“The voluntary evacuation order is intended to alert residents of Bolivar Peninsula that emergency responders may be unable to reach them,” Judge Henry said. “Elderly residents and people with medical conditions should make plans to leave if they cannot be without power for possibly a few days.”
Galveston County is now under a storm surge warning, according to the National Weather Service.
Update, Thursday 12:45 p.m.
Galveston and Jamaica Beach have issued a voluntary evacuation for the West End of Galveston Island. The evacuation applies to areas west of 103rd Street, which is not behind the Galveston seawall.
The cities are urging residents who have medical needs or other conditions to move elsewhere. High tides and heavy rains could cut off access to some residents if they need help from emergency responders.
"We're going to to see a 4- to 5-foot tide starting Friday night into Saturday morning," said Galveston City Manager Brian Maxwell during Thursday's city council meeting."We worry that we might not be able to get to them if they needs us. We're not encouraging anyone else to evacuate at this time."
People needing assistance leaving the island, can call 409-797-3701 or sign up online on our website at www.galvestontx.gov/needaride.
Update, Thursday 12:06 p.m.
Hurricane Harvey has formed in the Gulf of Mexico.
Update, Thursday, 12 p.m.
While areas to the south of Galveston County prepare for a Category 3 hurricane, the most dire officials warnings locally currently are over the threat of storm surge.
Areas east of the San Luis Pass, at the west end of Galveston Island, are currently under a storm surge watch. Areas immediately west of the San Luis Pass are under a storm surge warning.
While the National Weather Service is predicting storm surges between two feet and four feet east of the pass, it is possible that areas of the West End of the island get higher amounts, said Brian Kyle, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in League City.
Harvey is tracking for landfall somewhere between Corpus Christin and Port O'Connor. Whatever areas are immediately east of the center of the storm will see the highest level surges, Kyle said. It could be as much as 10 feet.
"The further away you go, that tapers down," he said. "The track is going to fluctuate before landfall. It's too early to pinpoint a specific number, but one would expect a couple feet of inundation."
A significant storm surge can effect people living on both the beach and bay sides of the island, said Brad Heiman, the police chief for Jamaica Beach, the small city on the West End.
"It can come up to FM 3005," Heiman said. "But the biggest concern for us is not so much the beach side, but the bay side. Even in a heavy rain, our bay side, if we have a normal high tide in a heavy rain we have two or three streets that are going to have one to two feet of water in them.
With Harvey approaching, Heiman said the city is expecting as much as four feet of water in those streets.
Update, Thursday, 10:21 a.m.
Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to form into a major hurricane before reaching the Texas coast on Friday, according to the latest predictions from the National Hurricane Center.
The center still predicts the storm to make landfall south of Galveston County, in the Corpus Christi area. The county is still under a tropical storm warning and a storm surge watch.
Harvey is currently moving north-northwest at 10 mph. It's expected to slow down and stall over the coast once it makes landfall.
A major hurricane — a Category 3 or higher — hasn't hit the U.S. coastline since 2005. Hurricane Ike in 2008 was a Category 2 storm when it made landfall.
Being under a storm surge watch means there is a possibility of life- threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline during the next 48 hours.
The center predicts the storm surge along the Galveston County coast will be between two feet and four feet.
The National Weather Service will send another advisory at 1 p.m.
Update, Thursday 8:33 a.m.
After spending most of yesterday as a tropical depression, Harvey strengthened into a tropical storm late Thursday night.
The National Hurricane Center now predicts Harvey could form into a Category 1 hurricane by the time it makes landfall Friday.
As of 8 a.m., Galveston County was under a tropical storm warning, and a storm surge watch. Areas to the south west were under more severe warnings.
Harvey is likely to make landfall Friday night on the mid-Texas Coast, according to the hurricane center. Galveston County is outside the storm's immediate track for the next three days, but could still feel the effects of wind and rain in the days that follow.
Sustained winds of up to 60 mph are possible starting Friday night. The county could see 15 inches of rain or more over the next week.
Because the storm may move slow over Texas, the greatest flooding threats may not occur until several days after the storm makes landfall.
The storm could bring storm surge between 2 feet and 4 feet in the Galveston Bay area. Water levels will begin to rise Thursday night. Coastal flooding is possible on Friday.
Update, Wednesday 6:22 p.m.
The U.S. Coast Guard is asking boat owners to secure their vessels ahead Tropical Depression Harvey.
“It is vital for those who own a kayak, paddle board, jet ski or boat to ensure that they are properly prepared,” said Ensign Daniel Nelson, an enforcement division officer at Sector Houston-Galveston.
Mariners should remove all loose items and ensure the boat is tied securely to the trailer. If the boat is too large to be removed from the water it is suggested that lines be doubled up, extra fenders used and all loose gear secured. All hatches should be secured and the mast taken down when possible.
Update, Wednesday 5:23 p.m.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a disaster declaration for Galveston County and 29 other Texas ahead of the arrival of Tropical Depression Harvey.
Abbott cited the "threat of imminent disaster, including severe flooding, storm surge and damaging winds," for making the declaration.
In making the declaration, Abbott authorized the use of all available state resources needed to cope with the disaster.
Update, Wednesday 1:11 p.m.
The City of Galveston is anticipating disruption of services, including buses and trash pickup, at the end of this week and the beginning of next week because of Harvey.
The city will suspend trolley service along Seawall Boulevard from Friday until Monday as Harvey works its way over the Texas Coast, according to a news release.
Island Transit bus service from the 25th Street Terminal to the terminal on Market Street starting Friday.
Island Transit buses will run until streets are impassible, according to the city.
If trash service cannot be done on the West End on Monday trash pickup for those areas will instead be done on Friday, Sept. 1.
The city will also suspend rules prohibiting people from blocking city rights-of-way with vehicles starting Thursday afternoon. That would allow people to park in a driveway while blocking sidewalk without fear of being ticketed. That issue has caused consternation among some residents during a recent uptick in city code enforcement.
No evacuation has been ordered but the city is urging residents in low-lying areas to "use their best judgment" on deciding on whether to leave.
"While the track of this storm is still very uncertain, we do know that this will be a significant rain event for our entire area." said Niki Bender, the city's emergency management coordinator. "Residents should prepare their homes for tidal flooding, gusting winds and rains in excess of 15 inches from Friday to Monday."
The rain and high tides could leave numerous roads impassable.
Update, Wednesday 11:33 a.m.
Weather conditions could cause isolated tropical funnels and waterspouts of the Texas Coast on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in League City.
The funnels can last up to 10 minutes and are capable of causing minor wind damage. While they rarely touch down, people should take shelter if they see one, according the weather service
Mariners should avoid waterspouts as well. They can produce strong winds and rough seas.
Update, Wednesday 11:28 a.m.
The first cancellation in anticipation of Tropical Storm Harvey has been announced.
The Galveston Battle on the Bay, hosted by the Gulf Coast Dragon Boat Alliance, and planned to be held at Moody Gardens on Saturday has been cancelled.
"The staff and crew have taken the advice of Galveston officials and made the decision to cancel the August 26th date for Battle on the Bay," the organization said in a Facebook post. "Once again, safety is priority for our participants and guest. We are in contact with Moody Gardens and will determine an alternative date as soon as possible."
Update, Wednesday 10:30 a.m.
The remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey have strengthened and organized into a tropical depression, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The depression is located in the southwest part of the Gulf of Mexico and is moving toward the Texas Coast. The system is expected to form into a tropical storm and make landfall on Friday on the lower Texas coast.
The storm is forecast to drop tremendous amounts of rain, between 10 inches and 15 inches, on the Galveston area over the next week.
The National Weather Service has issued tropical storm watch for Galveston, Texas City and League City.
A tropical storm watch means tropical storm strength winds are possible in those areas within the next 48 hours.
Winds will be between 25 mph and 35 mph, with gusts up to 45 mph, according to the warning.
A storm surge between 2 feet and 4 feet is forecasted in low-lying areas, and will peak around Friday morning.