Hurricane Laura came ashore around 1 a.m. as a Category 4 storm at the Texas-Louisiana border and is moving across Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane as of 8 a.m. today.
Austin County and most of the Houston area was spared from high winds and rain from Laura. Weather forecasters anticipate the area will experience storm-related rain on Friday as Laura turns east and heads toward the northeastern part of the country.
According to Ray Chislett, Austin County Emergency Management Director, Hurricane Laura does not likely pose any threat to Austin County. In a notice he sent out to county agencies on Wednesday, he said all hurricane and tropical storm warnings related to Laura do not extend into the county.
“Austin County is out of the Hurricane Watch, Hurricane Warning and Tropical Storm Warning Zones. That zone stops on the east side of the Brazos River,” he said.
According to Hurrevac the following is currently the forecast for Austin County:
· Currently there is less than 17% chance of Tropical Storm Winds reaching Austin County.
· Earliest the wind would arrive would be 4 p.m. today, Aug. 26.
· Most likely arrival would be 1 a.m. on Thursday.
· Most likely departure of winds would be 7 a.m. Thursday.
· Latest departure of winds would be 7 a.m. Thursday.
· Austin County is in a severe weather zone with tornados possible.
· Austin County out of the excessive rainfall zone.