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Montgomery County judge issues disaster declaration ahead of Hurricane Laura

Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough gives update on Hurricane Laura on Aug. 25, 2020.
Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough gives update on Hurricane Laura on Aug. 25, 2020. (KPRC)

HOUSTON – Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough announced Tuesday that he issued a disaster declaration ahead of Hurricane Laura’s expected landfall Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

Keough assured residents that while the hurricane was arriving in the area 3 years after Hurricane Harvey, the storm would be different. He said Hurricane Laura is not expected to stall over the Houston-area for days on end as Hurricane Harvey did.

“Because of the heat in the water and the air, it’s acting like rocket fuel on this thing,” Keough said and as a result, the hurricane was fast-moving.

Keough and other Montgomery County officials urged residents to prepare for the hurricane Tuesday. While no evacuations are in place for Montgomery County residents, officials said diminished-capacity shelters were prepared around the county in the event that they are needed.