A tropical storm warning is in effect for Grimes County, and in addition, the county is now on the Governor’s State of Emergency list.
According to a release on Tuesday, Governor Gregg Abbott added Grimes, alongside Madison, Leon and Walker counties, to the order. In all, 59 counties are included in the order.
As of 4 pm on Tuesday, August 25th, hurricane Laura sit in the Gulf of Mexico, with a projected landfall near Sabine Pass in Southeast Texas. But, if the storm shifts more to the West, Grimes County could potentially see tropical storm force winds, and that is what prompted the warning.
On the third anniversary of Hurricane Harvey making landfall, the governor expects more evacuations with Hurricane Laura. The state’s emergency management director, Nim Kidd, brought up the distancing, PPE, and other equipment that are part of evacuation centers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The buses we marshaled in San Antonio and sent out to Beaumont and Texas City has personal protective equipment,, masks on them, as well as disinfecting equipment for the buses to stay clean. For shelter locations that do get set up in congregate settings, we will be offering testing at those facilities, in addition to PPE. Now, those points, times and locations have not been determined yet. But, as a community sees a need to open a shelter, we will support them, sending in PPE, and as soon as practical, we will get testing teams in there as well,” said Kidd.
Emergency management is one of four Texas A and M system agencies and 12 state offices that are responding to the approaching hurricane.
There are no evacuation orders of any kind for Grimes County.