(TEXAS/LOUISIANA) JUST IN: #HurricaneLaura Report: Officials have ordered mandatory evacuation on Tuesday of over 500,000 people as the hurricane draws closer to making landfall on Wednesday/ early Thursday Galveston, Texas, mayor pro tem Craig Brown told The Weather Channel #AceWeatherDesk report

#AceWeatherReport – Aug.26: “Today Wednesday is the day: The weather is still nice here in Galveston. This is the day for everybody to get their belongs together and, for the safety of themselves and their family, to go ahead and evacuate today: Do not wait,” Galveston, Texas, mayor pro tem Craig Brown told The Weather Channel.

#HurricaneLaura draws closer as mandatory 500,000 ordered to evacuate as it strengthens in Gulf and with #Covid19 there is nowhere to go:

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The coastal city issued a mandatory evacuation order Tuesday morning, while the surrounding Galveston County issued a voluntary evacuation for the entire Bolivar Peninsula: Jefferson County, Texas, Judge Jeff Branick, meanwhile, ordered a mandatory evacuation for the county set to take effect Tuesday morning. Essential workers are exempted from the order: Orange County, Texas, officials have also issued an evacuation order effective Tuesday morning. The county of about 83,000 sits on the Louisiana border: “The main point is that we’re going to have a significant hurricane make landfall late Wednesday or early Thursday,” National Hurricane Center Deputy Director Ed Rappaport said Tuesday, according to the Weather Channel.

Social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic means emergency shelters are operating at reduced capacity, further complicating the evacuation process: “Frankly there’s not that many places for people to go to,” Dick Gremillion, director of homeland security and emergency preparedness for Louisiana’s Calcasieu Parish, told The Weather Channel. “In our traditional shelters, we’ve lost two-thirds of capacity. It has been a difficult time rolling #COVID19 into hurricane preparations.”

Mayor Thurman Bartie of Port Arthur, Texas, another border city, said he will ask his more than 54,000 residents to evacuate as well unless the forecast changes to predict landfall farther east: “This is not Harvey. This is not Imelda. This is not Allison. This is Laura. Every storm is different and we urge folks not to use any prior storm as a template for what could or will happen. What we need to do is prepare for the worst,” Harris County, Texas, Judge Lina Hidalgo said at a Monday news conference, according to the Weather Channel.

More than half a million people along the coastal regions of Texas and Louisiana have been ordered to evacuate their homes as Hurricane Laura heads towards the U.S. Gulf Coast. The U.S. National Hurricane Center reported late Tuesday night that Laura is located about 655 kilometers from the city of Lake Charles, Louisiana and 695 kilometers of Galveston, Texas. The storm is carrying maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers an hour, making it a Category 1 storm on the five-level scale that measures a storm’s potential destructiveness:

Forecasters at the NHC expect Hurricane Laura to strengthen to a major Category 3 hurricane as it makes its way over the Gulf of Mexico before reaching landfall around the Upper Texas and southwest Louisiana coasts late Wednesday or early Thursday: A satellite view of Hurricane LauraA satellite view of Hurricane Laura Aug. 26, 2020.Hurricane and storm surge warnings are in effect for the northwestern Gulf Coast.

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The storm could also bring up to 30 centimeters of rain to some parts of Louisiana and Texas, according to the National Hurricane Centre: Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Texas Governor Greg Abbot have issued emergency declarations for their respective states. In addition to the mandatory evacuation orders in the low-lying regions of Texas and Louisiana, a voluntary evacuation has also been issued for the city of Houston, which was devastated by Hurricane Harvey exactly three years ago this week. Hurricane Laura is also threatening crude oil and natural gas production along the Gulf Coast.

More than 300 offshore refineries have been shut down and evacuated, shutting down over 80% of Gulf oil production: Laura is blamed for at least 11 deaths across the island of Hispaniola, shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic, where it caused flooding Monday evening and knocked out power. The storm also took out power to hundreds of thousands of customers in Puerto Rico.

#AceWeatherDesk report ………….Published: Aug.26: 2020:

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