City of Nacogdoches - Online Hurricane Awareness
Posted 09 - 11 - 2008
Information below taken from City of Nacogdoches web site at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 11.
A link to the web site may be found near bottom of page.


Online Hurricane Awareness - City of Nacogdoches

RESIDENTS SHOULD PREPARE FOR SEVERE WEATHER

As Hurricane IKE makes landfall along the coast of Texas, forecasters predict the storm to travel northerly into East Texas.

The Nacogdoches area could begin feeling the effects of IKE as early as Friday evening, September 12th. Forecasters predict tropical force winds for Nacogdoches and Nacogdoches County beginning Saturday afternoon. Sustained wind speeds of as much as 75 mph are possible. Residents are asked to secure lawn furniture and outside items that may be blown by these winds. Hanging baskets and flower pots should be secured or brought inside. Persons residing in mobile homes should have an alternate place in the event of high winds. Persons in high profile vehicles should use caution. Residents should have prescriptions filled, fuel tanks topped off, and an emergency supply of food and water on hand.

Weather forecasters predict with high probability that the East Texas area will have a significant heavy rainfall event during the period of Friday through Monday. Rainfall amounts of 3” to 7” and greater are very possible with this storm.

Persons residing in low-lying areas should begin now readying their property for possible flash flooding. Motorists should never attempt to drive through standing water. Motorists should turn around to avoid high water.

Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms are possible during this event. Extended power outages should be expected. Residents are reminded to only operate portable generators in well-ventilated areas. Combustible engines, such as those used on generators, give off carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless deadly gas. Never connect a generator to a home without the main breaker being turned off. Failure to do so may energize power lines that are down and pose a deadly hazard to workers repairing the lines.

Residents should keep tuned to local media and NOAA weather radio in the event severe weather threatens the area.

As of 3:00 p.m. CDT this date, Nacogdoches is sheltering approximately 30 evacuees. The local evacuee check-in point is open at the Fredonia Hill Baptist Church, 1711 South Street (Business US 59).

Persons seeking shelter are asked to report to this location where they will receive sheltering instructions. Do not report directly to a shelter.

The Nacogdoches Emergency Operations Center was activated at 10:00 AM Thursday morning, and remains operational on a 24-hour basis.

The City of Nacogdoches emergency telephone bank is also in operation. Persons needing information should call the telephone bank at 936-559-2510. The telephone bank is operational 24 hours.

SANDBAGS AVAILABLE FOR RESIDENTS

(Nacogdoches, Tx) Sandbags are available for residents of Nacogdoches and Nacogdoches County at the Exposition Center, located at 3805 Northwest Stallings Drive. The bags are located at barn # 3.

Residents needing sandbags should bring their own shovel to fill these bags. Sand is available at this location.
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