PORT ISABEL, Texas (KVEO) — The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted an above-average hurricane season. On Tuesday afternoon, a disturbance near the Yucatan Peninsula developed into Tropical Storm Cristobal.
Cameron county officials were actively monitoring the disturbance Monday afternoon.
Tom Hushen, Emergency Management Coordinator with Cameron County says, anytime a storm develops in the Gulf, it is of concern.
Hushen says the county prepares year-round for hurricane season, which begins on June 1. The county has been hard at work clearing ditches so that rain waters can flow out of neighborhoods, and the county does have a large supply of sandbags.
Although the county is prepared, Hushen says residents should be too.
“Be sure you have a plan. Make sure that you have your go-bag ready to go in case there is an evacuation. Make sure you have your routes ready. We always tell everybody, you know if you don’t feel safe in your home, and you feel like you need to evacuate you should.” says Hushen
Hushen also says if a mandatory evacuation is ordered, residents should not take the warning lightly.
Hushen also warns residents who don’t heed the evacuation orders that emergency services like 911 may not be available until after the storm passes.
Hushen says the pandemic may also affect evacuations, and limit capacity of some shelters.
“People also need to remember that we are in a pandemic and even though it’s hurricane season you can’t take that for granted, that your in a pandemic as well, and your going to have to social distance when we do have evacuations,” says Hushen
Hushen adds residents should pay attention to news media outlets because counties will send out important information that way.
Hushen mentions residents can also pay attention to county websites and social media platforms.