Hurricane Harvey slows, intensifies, to make landfall at 10 p.m. CST Friday, as local schools close on Friday

Hurricane Harvey slows, intensifies, to make landfall at 10 p.m. CST Friday, as local schools close on Friday

Image: National Weather Service image as of 10 p.m., CST, Thursday, August 24, 2017.

BREAKING NEWS!

Montgomery County, August 24 – Conroe ISD, Splendora ISD, and Willis ISD schools will be closed on Friday, August 25, 2017, while Montgomery ISD schools will end school around mid-day, as a result of Hurricane Harvey, which slowly moving towards landfall. Magnolia ISD and New Caney ISD have not yet determined their policy with respect to a possible school closure on Friday.

Harvey has rapidly intensified into the third hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. It’s probable that the hurricane will become the nation’s first Category 3 landfall in 12 years. Residents of the Texas Gulf Coast should brace themselves for extremely dangerous conditions, torrential rainfall, storm-surge flooding, and destructive winds over this coming weekend.

Hurricane Harvey has a core of hurricane strength winds of about 25 miles. The National Hurricane Center of the National Weather Service says the center of Harvey is located just over 250 miles southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, and is moving north-northwest at 10 mph. Maximum sustained winds have increased to 85 mph.

Local officials

Three of the four Montgomery County Commissioners spent Thursday planning and preparing for the landfall of Hurricane Harvey.

Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack held a press conference with law enforcement and emergency response officials at his office and conducted planning meetings throughout the day.

Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark also met with local law enforcement and emergency preparedness officials in East Montgomery County and worked with his top leadership team – Billy Bob Lee, Marie Moore, Tracy Willett, and Bill Smith – to coordinate appropriate safety measures for the residents of Precinct 4.

Commissioner Clark urged, “Everyone should take this hurricane seriously.  Batten down the hatches, hunker down or move to higher ground.  Do what is necessary to protect your family, your pets, livestock and your property.  A safe outcome is top priority.” Clark also offered the following 5 tips:

Meanwhile, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley held an emergency preparedness meeting with local law enforcement officials, fire department representatives, and emergency teams.

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