The last few days brought some tense moments for Galveston County.

At the end of last week, two tropical systems, which would eventually become Tropical Storm Marco and Hurricane Laura, began developing with projected paths toward the Texas coast.

Aug. 26, wind probabitlies
Hurricane Laura

Josue Blanco, left, and Alex Mendez photograph waves generated by Hurricane Laura as they crash into the rock groin at 37th Street in Galveston on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. Hurricane Laura was expected to be a Category 4 storm when it made landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border.

Aug. 26, 4 a.m. forecast
Aug. 26 4 a.m. Surge
Aug 25, 4 p.m. forecast
Aug. 25, 10 a.m. forecast
Aug 25 5 a.m. satellite image
Aug 25, 5 a.m. forecast

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Carol Langston

Galveston College suspended all on-campus and remote operations, effective Tuesday, Aug. 25, to allow students, faculty and staff who reside on the island to evacuate safely. College operations will be reinstated when it is safe to do so.

The City of Galveston has issued a mandatory evacuation instructing all Galveston residents to begin leaving the island for safety after overnight models shifted the landfall of Hurricane Laura westward. City services will be suspended today at 12 p.m. People should be getting their plans together this morning for an evacuation. It is urgent that residents heed this mandatory evacuation and leave with all family members and pets.

Following the forecasted storm, Galveston College will announce additional information for the continuation of fall 2020 registration, student housing move-in and the beginning of classes.

As conditions are updated, information regarding the storm and campus operations will continue to be communicated via Galveston College email and Whitecaps email, the college’s website,, Galveston College social media and local media.

Gary Miller

Evacuating is a good choice. Three times I have evacuated with family. Three later times I did not evacuate after family had moved out. Times I didn't turned out better than times I did, mostly because didn't have family. It was tough not having power for AC. Worst part of not evacuating. Not worrying about flooding in Texas City was best part of not evacuating. If I still had kids or pets at home I would evacuate. I always enjoy golfing in Fredericksburg when evacuating.

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