Tropical Storm Laura is now a Hurricane, anticipated to make landfall late Wednesday as a Category 3 storm. While there is still some uncertainty related to the track of the storm, confidence is high that the major hurricane will strike east Texas and west Louisiana. Additional shifts in the track are possible over the next 24 hours.
Hurricane Laura is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge to the area on and right of the storm track, as well as life-threatening (115 mile per hour with gusts of 140MPH) winds and between four and eight inches of rain or more. While the storm is moving quickly, localized flash flooding will be possible especially around the track.
Currently, the City of Deer Park is under a Hurricane Warning issued by the National Weather Service. If you have not already done so, make sure you and your family have stocked your disaster kit with food, water and medications for three (3) days, fill your gas tanks and secure outdoor areas of the home.
Please continue to monitor City outlets, the National Weather Service (www.weather.gov/hgx) and the National Hurricane Center (www.hurricanes.gov) for the latest information.
As Tropical Storm Laura continues to form in the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center has issued a Hurricane Watch for southeast Texas.
According to information released at 4PM Monday, Tropical Storm Laura is expected to grow to hurricane level by early Wednesday, making landfall between late Wednesday and early Thursday. Currently, the storm track places landfall between far east Texas and southwest Louisiana, but the storm could still shift farther toward southeast Texas.
Impacted areas will receive high winds, rainfall of at least 4-8 inches and possible flooding.
Residents are urged to take steps immediately to prepare themselves and their homes for inclement weather. Fill gas tanks, stock up on food, water and other essentials for the home, and secure items outside the home in case of high winds.
For more information, visit https://www.weather.gov/hgx/ and monitor local news outlets.
Resident update: Tropical Storm Laura and Tropical Storm Marco
Per information released by the National Weather Service Monday morning, Tropical Storm Laura is forecast to be a Category 2 hurricane and has shifted west since Sunday night. Landfall is anticipated for late Wednesday and at this time is likely to impact the upper Texas/southwest Louisiana coast. However, the storm has the potential to shift, increasing likelihood for impact to southeast Texas.
Tropical Storm Laura has potential to bring heavy rains (between four to eight inches or more), flooding, damaging winds and storm surge to impacted areas.
At this time, Tropical Storm Marco is expected to make landfall on the Louisiana coast on Tuesday night with minimal impact to Texas.
Continue to monitor the National Weather Service at https://www.weather.gov/hgx/ as well as local media outlets for updates.