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.