Hurricane & Severe Weather Info

City schedules closing for cold weather – Shelter information

COLD WEATHER ANNOUNCEMENT:

Port Isabel Mayor Joe E. Vega and the City Commissioners announce that the Port Isabel City Hall will close at noon on Thursday, February 3 and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, February 7.

Additionally, the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, the Port Isabel Historic Museum and the Port Isabel Lighthouse are closed today, Thursday, February 3, and will reopen on Friday, February 4. The Lighthouse will reopen at 9 a.m. and the Museums will reopen at 10 a.m. Updates will be posted here.

NOTICE:
From Port Isabel Mayor Joe E. Vega and City Commissioners

City of Port Isabel to Offer Shelter during Cold Spell

The National Weather Service is forecasting very cold temperatures across Cameron County between Tuesday night and Saturday afternoon with temperatures falling into the mid to upper 30s.

The City of Port Isabel is offering shelter at:
The Port Isabel Police Department (Court room), 110 W. Hickman. St., starting on Tuesday, February 1 at 8 p.m., through Saturday afternoon or when the temperature changes for those needing a warm place to stay.

Those who will partake in this offer will need to bring the following:
– Blankets, pillows, sleeping bags.
– Food -Non perishable food including cold cuts, chips, can goods. Non-microwaveable.
– Identification.
– Personal medication.
– No pets except for service animals.

For more information contact City Secretary office at (956) 943-2682. After 5 pm, please call the Police Department at (956) 943-1242.

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AVISO IMPORTANTE:

Del Presidente Municipal de Puerto Isabel Joe E. Vega y de los Comisionados de la Ciudad

La Ciudad de Puerto Isabel Ofrece albergue durante el clima frio.

El Servicio Climatologico pronostica temperaturas muy bajas en el Municipio de Cameron entre la noche del martes y el medio dia del Sabado con temperaturas mas bajas de los 30s.

La Ciudad de Puerto Isabel ofrece albergue en el Departamento de Policia,(Cuarto de la corte) localizado en:
110 Hickman St.
A partir del martes, febrero 1, a las 8 p.m.
Hasta el Sabado a medio dia o cuando las temperaturas cambien para aquellos que necesiten un lugar mas templado? para permanecer en este periodo.

Aquellos que necesiten este ofrecimiento deben traer:

  • Cobijas, almohadas, sleeping bags.
  • Comida no-perecedera como latas. Nada que necesite horno de microondas.
  • Identificacion
  • Medicamentos personales
  • No se permiten mascotas, excepto prescritos por el medico.

Para mas informacion contactar a las oficinas de la Secretria de la Ciudad al (956) 943-2682 en caso de ser despues de las 5 pm. Contactar al departamento de policia al (956) 943-1242.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR Texans with Disablilities
English version: Texas with Disabilities Preparedness for Cold Weather
Spanish version: Preparativos para el Frente Frio para Tejanos con Discapacidades

City of Port Isabel Hurricane Alex Update

As Hurricane Alex made landfall as a Category 1 this evening, the City of Port Isabel is grateful that our community escaped the damage that a stronger Alex could have caused.

Port Isabel City Hall will remain closed tomorrow and reopen at 8:00 a.m. Friday morning.

The Emergency Shelter at the Port Isabel Community Center will close at noon on Thursday.

EOC will stand down at noon on Thursday.

The Museums of Port Isabel will reopen on Friday at 10:00 a.m. and the Port Isabel Lighthouse will open at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, weather permitting.

The Lighthouse Establishment Cinema movie scheduled for this Friday has been rescheduled for Friday, July 9th at 9:30 p.m. after South Padre Island Fireworks over the Laguna Madre.

Port Isabel will be open for July 4th weekend and invites visitors to come and enjoy our amenities, shopping, restaurants, fishing or just relaxing at the coast!

Hurricane Alex 5 p.m. Update

Hurricane Alex is on course to make landfall at between 9:00 p.m. and  midnight tonight approximately 80 – 100 miles south of the Rio Grande River. Tropical storm winds likely in eastern Cameron County (50 – 55 m.p.h.). At this time, hurricane force winds are not expected. An additional 6 – 12 inches of rainfall is expected, so please exercise caution. Remain indoors if possible.

No widespread power outages reported in Cameron County.

The Queen Isabella Causeway is closed as per TxDoT. It will remain closed until the storm passes.

City of Port Isabel  Emergency Shelter:  The shelter is located at the Port Isabel Community Center (213 Yturria St.). Please bring blankets, pillows, medication you may require, food and water or any other supplies you need during your stay. The emergency shelter will remain open until no longer necessary.

For transportation to the shelter, please call the Port Isabel Police Department at 956/943-2727. Mayor Joe E. Vega “encourages residents to remain indoors and limit travel unless absolutely necessary until Hurricane Alex’s weather has subsided. The City of Port Isabel’s EOC team is still keeping a watchful eye on Alex’s progress and wants everybody to remain safe.”

The Port Isabel City Hall is closed today and will reopen Friday at 8:00 a.m.

PORT ISABEL EOC Contact Info: Phone 956/943-0769 ~ Fax 956/943-1949. The EOC is located at the Port Isabel Police Department, 110 W. Hickman St.

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City of Port Isabel opens Emergency Shelter

The City of Port Isabel has opened an Emergency Shelter as of 12 noon, Wednesday for those seeking shelter during Hurricane Alex. The shelter is located at the Port Isabel Community Center (213 Yturria St.). Please bring blankets, pillows, medication you may require, food and water or any other supplies you need during your stay. The emergency shelter will remain open until no longer necessary.

For transportation to the shelter, please call the Port Isabel Police Department at 956/943-2727. Mayor Joe E. Vega, “encourages residents to remain indoors and limit travel unless absolutely necessary until Hurricane Alex weather has subsided. The City of Port Isabel EOC team is still keeping a watchful eye on Alex progress and wants everybody to remain safe.”

As Hurricane Alex approaches landfall, its maximum sustained winds are 80 m.p.h. and it is producing a great deal of rain. With 6 – 12 inches expected, inland flooding is a concern. Hurricane Alex is expected to make landfall at midnight tonight. Please exercise caution.

The Port Isabel City Hall is closed today and will reopen Friday at 8:00 a.m.

PORT ISABEL EOC Contact Info: Phone 956/943-0769 ~ Fax 956/943-1949. The EOC is located at the Port Isabel Police Department, 110 W. Hickman St.

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Tropical Alex Storm Alex Update & Information

Port Isabel City Officials met this afternoon to discuss the progress of Tropical Storm Alex. Expected to make landfall at an accelerated schedule at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday night as a Category 1 storm. Hurricane Alex will bring with it a storm surge of 3′ to 5′ as it crosses landfall in eastern Cameron County. The National Weather Service predicts “significant urban and rural inundation threat Wednesday through Saturday due to ponding of water from intense rainfall.”

With less than 26 hours until landfall, the City of Port Isabel Mayor Joe E. Vega will not be calling for a mandatory evacuation. Sheltering in place for those who do not wish to take advantage of a voluntary relocation should still be taken seriously. Hurricane Alex is expected to be a larger storm than 2008 Hurricane Dolly, so please take all precautions to secure your property and pets. Expect heavy rainfall throughout Wednesday and into Thursday in eastern Cameron County.

Shelter: For those needing a shelter the Salvation Army will open a shelter located at the corner of 23rd and Pecan St. in McAllen at 6:00 p.m. tonight . To leave Port Isabel if you need transportation, stage at 4:00 p.m. and leave at 4:30 p.m. at the Port Isabel High School or the Port Isabel Community Center at 213 Yturria St. Please call City Hall to reserve your ride at 956/943-0704. The latest time to call is 5:30 p.m. to reserve a ride. The last bus leaves at 6:00 p.m. Please take any required medication and what is necessary to spend the night in a shelter.

Sand bags: Will be available at the Port Isabel Public Works (110 W. Hickman St.) on a first come, first served basis until they are gone, today.

Utilities: Water and natural gas will remain on. In the event of damage, electricity may not be available through the Alex event.

School: The Point Isabel School District staff will be on duty until 5:00 p.m. today. Essential staff will be on campus until 12:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Long Island Village (Outdoor Resorts) will have high profile vehicles and residents evacuated by midnight on Tuesday night. The Long Island Swing Bridge will be positioned open at that time.

South Padre Island:
South Padre Island Mayor Pinkerton
has not called for a mandatory evacuation as of 10:34 a.m. Tuesday morning. The Queen Isabella Causeway is open. Any change in the status is the decision of the Texas Department of Public Safety. Visitors planning to travel to the area should monitor weather conditions.