‘Cautiously optimistic’: Houston, Harris County leaders on what area can expect ahead of Hurricane Laura

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo speaks about storm preparations in Houston on Aug. 24, 2020.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo speaks about storm preparations in Houston on Aug. 24, 2020. (KPRC)

HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner urges residents to keep their guard up as Hurricane Laura makes landfall.

Despite the changed track, Turner asked Houstonians to be off the roadways by 8 p.m. Wednesday due to the possibility of strong winds and rain. With more wind expected than rain, local officials anticipate Laura will raise chances of power outages.

CenterPoint Energy said they have made ample resources available, including about 2,000 employees spread across the Greater Houston area. The company also staged 30 sites with personnel ready to be deployed for restoration after the storm passes.

The priority will first be to address downed power lines for hospitals, public works, and first responders. Then, they will focus on the areas with the greatest number of customers affected at once.

CenterPoint said residents don’t need to call about power outages since they will be notified, but should call them or 9-1-1 for safety concerns.

Turner said the Houston area that is most at risk is near Interstate 45 at Interstate 610 in Clear Lake. He said rescue and restoration teams and shelters are ready to be deployed if needed.

Hurricane Laura update

WATCH LIVE: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and other city officials are discussing what Houston should expect when Hurricane Laura makes landfall. MORE: https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2020/08/26/watch-live-mayor-turner-holds-briefing-on-what-city-can-expect-ahead-of-hurricane-laura/

Posted by KPRC2 / Click2Houston on Wednesday, August 26, 2020

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