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Weekend watch: Hurricane Harvey

Sewell 2_DC_August 26, 2017

Update: Aug. 28. 12:23 p.m.
The Hays County and city of San Marcos joint emergency operations center deactivated Monday morning. All city offices are operating on regular schedules. Parks are closed until further notice.

Update: Aug. 27. 10:49 p.m.
Gov. Abbott said he will be sending 1,00 national guards to Houston, in addition to the 3,000 guards already in Texas.

Update: Aug. 27. 9:20 p.m.
City of San Marcos electricity utility continues to make repairs throughout the weekend. Many residents have had repeated outages due to tree collapses. The city expects to double the number of tree trimming crews, Monday.
An email address to report outages has been established, [email protected] or by calling 512-393-8313. All City of San Marcos offices will resume regular schedules, Monday. Parks will remain closed until further notice.

Update: Aug. 26. 10:08 p.m. 
The San Marcos Activity Center, 501. E Hopkins St., will open at 11:30 p.m. for local residents to take shelter in. No mandatory evacuations have been issued at this time.

Update: Aug. 26. 8:50 p.m. 
A flash flood warning was issued for San Marcos until 4:45 a.m., E. Hopkins St.and Sagewood area has experienced power outages.

Update: Aug. 26. 3:27 p.m. 
One confirmed dead in Rockport, Texas due to tropical storm Harvey.
Hay County is currently under a flood watch.

Update: Aug. 26. 1:27 p.m. 
Harvey has downgraded to a tropical storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.
San Marcos River water levels have begun to rise as Harvey moves closer to the city. Photos by: Shayan Faradineh 

Update: Aug. 26. 12:08 p.m. 
As Hurricane Harvey moves through San Antonio, the storm is now a category 1.
The Hays County and City of San Marcos joint emergency operations center is now fully activated and will be staffed 24/7 until further notice. Citizens with non-emergency disaster related questions can call the city county hotline at 512-754-2291. Residents in San Marcos have also begun to experience power outages.

Update: Aug. 26. 1:04 a.m. 
Hurricane Harvey makes the second landfall in the northeastern shore Copano Bay as a category 3.

Update: Aug. 26. 12:32 a.m. 
Hays County remains a tropical storm warning and a flash flood warning while the eye of the storm is in Rockport, Texas, according to the National Weather Service. Modules by KXAN show San Marcos may experience 5.63 inches of rain by Sunday evening.
Next week it is predicted San Marcos to have accumulated 14.88 inches of rain.

Update: Aug. 25. 10:46 p.m. 
Hurricane Harvey has made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas as a category 4, with 130 mph of wind. This is the strongest storm to hit Texas since 1961, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Update: Aug. 25. 9:38 p.m. 
President Donald Trump has granted Gov. Greg Abbott’s request to label Hurricane Harvey as a major disaster declaration.The declaration would allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist Texas in disaster prevention and post-storm rebuilding.

Update: Aug. 25. 8:29 p.m. 
Hours from landfall, Hurricane Harvey has evolved into a category 4. Winds up to 55 mph may hit San Marcos Saturday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Update: Aug. 25. 4:45 p.m. 
President Denise Trauth notified students the first day of classes is canceled, Aug. 28.
“Due to weather concerns associated with Hurricane Harvey, Texas State has canceled classes Aug. 28, at the San Marcos and Round Rock campuses,” Trauth stated in the email.

The City of San Marcos is preparing for the possible effects of Hurricane Harvey.
Trey Hatt, the communications specialist for the City of San Marcos, emailed an update for the weather effects.
“The City is monitoring weather conditions and readying first responders and on-call personnel to for possible heavy rain or flooding,” Hatt stated in an email. “If needed, the City will activate its Emergency Operations Center and coordinate closely with state and local agencies such as Hays County and state emergency and recovery agencies.”
The City is urging residents to secure trash, recycling and green waste carts either inside a fenced area or garage, or move them to higher ground on your property. Debris in drainage areas can affect water flow.
Closures and cancellations for city facilities, due to the weather, are available on the city’s website.

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