Laura Expected to Strengthen to Category 3 Hurricane

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Laura Expected to Strengthen to Category 3 Hurricane

Tropical Storm Laura is expected to strengthen into a Category 3 hurricane Wednesday over the Gulf of Mexico, forecasters said Tuesday morning.

The storm strengthened overnight and was near hurricane strength as of 7 a.m., the National Hurricane Center said. Laura is expected to make landfall late Wednesday or early Thursday around the Louisiana/Texas state line.

Portions of Louisiana are under a hurricane watch and a tropical storm watch related to Laura. A dangerous storm surge is expected – up to 11 feet in some places – along with strong winds and rain.

Mandatory Evacuation Called for Orange County

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Orange County and City Officials are calling for a Mandatory Evacuation for all of Orange County at 6 am, Tuesday, August 25th, 2020.

Citizens who cannot evacuate themselves can find transportation resources at either of the two embarkation sites in the county. Evacuees can arrive at the location at 9 am, Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2020.

  • Lamar State College Orange, 410 Front Street, Orange Texas 77630
  • Vidor Elementary, 400 Old Hwy 90 E, Vidor Texas 77662

If you are unable to get to one of the transportation sites on your own you can call the following numbers – These phone numbers will begin to be answered at 6 am Tuesday morning.

  • For County Residents – Emergency Management – 409-745-9794 or 409-745-9765
  • For City of Orange Residents – City of Orange – 409-883-1050
  • For City of West Orange Residents – City of West Orange – 409-883-7574
  • For City of Pinehurst Residents – City of Pinehurst – 409-886-2221
  • For Bridge City Residents – City of Bridge City – 409-735-5028
  • For Vidor area Residents – City of Vidor 409-238-6444

Mandatory Evac Issued for Orange County Nursing Homes – Voluntary Evac for Others

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Mandatory Evac Issued for Orange County Nursing Homes - Voluntary Evac for Others

Orange County Judge John Gothia issued a Disaster Declaration for Orange County today.

County and City Officials are recommending a VOLUNTARY EVACUATION for all of Orange County and all of its Municipalities due to the uncertainty of Hurricane Marco and Hurricane Laura.

At this time Officials are issuing a mandatory evacuation FOR nursing homes ONLY.

There is NOT a mandatory evacuation for Orange County Citizens at this time. Officials are meeting and will make that decision this afternoon after the weather briefing.

Judge Gothia has directed the Orange County Courthouse and Non-Emergency Offices will close Tuesday, August 25, 2020.

Emergency response office will remain open.

Sandbags Available from City of Orange

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Sandbags Available from City of Orange

The City of Orange will open a sandbagging location effective Monday, August 24 at 12 P.M. at Memorial Field, located on Eddleman Drive near Meeks Drive.

Citizens will be limited to 20 sandbags per household.

Please be aware, this is a self-serve station while resources are available. Residents will need to provide their own shovels and be prepared to self-fill sandbags.

Local Schools Close For the Week of Aug. 24 Due to Impending Weather

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Local Schools Close For the Week of Aug. 24 Due to Impending Weather

WOCCISD: Due to the storms that may impact our area, all WOCCISD schools will be closed for the week of August 24 through the 28th. Please stay tuned for potential updates related to this weather situation. Football and Volleyball games have been canceled for the week of August 24-28th.

OISD: Out of an abundance of caution and due to the forecasted storms in the Gulf of Mexico, Orangefield ISD will close all schools, onsite and virtual, for the week of Monday, August 24th through Friday, August 28th. Continue to monitor our district website, social media, and the Remind feed for further information.

LCMCISD: Out of an abundance of caution, due to the threat of severe weather from storms Marco and Laura, LCMCISD will be closed from Monday, August 24 through Friday,  August 28. Because of the uncertainty of the storms reaching landfall and the possibilities of rain and high winds from the storms, we feel this closure is in the best interest of our students and staff and their families. Superintendents of Orange County have been following storm reports and agree that this is the best course of action. All sporting events and games from all LCM campuses will be canceled this week, August 24-28. This will include any activities scheduled for Saturday, August 29. All gyms and facilities will also be closed.

BCISD: Out of an abundance of caution due to upcoming weather events, Bridge City ISD schools will be closed Monday, August 24 through Friday, August 28.

VISD: At this time we are canceling school for this week August 24-28. There is great uncertainty at this time with the weather conditions. Therefore, it is in the best interest of everyone that we suspend school for the week. We will not be offering virtual education during this time.

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