West U. To Activate Emergency Operations Center At 6 p.m. Tonight

August 4, 2008

The City of West U. will active the Emergency Operations Center around 6 p.m. tonight in preparation for Tropical Storm Edouard. The EOC is set up in City Council Chambers at the municipal building, 3800 University Blvd.

Present will be Mayor Bob Kelly, Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Ralls, Police Chief Ken Walker, City Manager Michael Ross, Assistant City Manager Chris Peifer, Parks and Recreation Director Tim O’Conner and other support staff.

The staff will be in communication with state and county EOCs.

“We will wait for the storm to arrive and plan for the response teams,” said Ralls. “Depending on how much damage there is, we will be there until a full recovery effort is finished up.”

Edouard weakened slightly this morning, for forecaster expect the storm to re-intensify, and say there is a small chance it could reach minimal hurricane intensity before making landfall tomorrow morning. Edouard is expected to hit land on the upper Texas Coast tomorrow morning.

Edouard, which suddenly coalesced into a tropical storm late Sunday afternoon, was about 285 miles east-southeast of Galveston at 7 a.m. Monday, and moving west at 8 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. Sustained maximum winds were at about 50 miles per hour.

The center of the projected track for the storm, which forecasters said could strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane, is shown heading for Galveston, then south Houston, and possibly passing west-northwest through Fort Bend County.

Forecasters for the National Weather Service caution that projections for hurricanes can be off by hundreds of miles.

Houston, along with the rest of Harris and Galveston counties, is under a hurricane watch and expected to be hit with sustained winds of 50 to 70 mph.

Region-wide, “A swath of heavy rain will move across the coast Monday evening and overspread the region by Tuesday morning,” the weather service said in a flash-flood watch issued at 5:30 a.m. Monday. “At this time it appears that Edouard will move fast enough to limit the threat for excessive rain.”

Residents were advised by the weather service to secure loose items on their properties and prepare for heavy winds.

“Unsecured lightweight items bay become projectiles, causing additional damage,” the weather service warned. “Some electrical wires could be damaged and local power outages are possible.

“Most newly planted trees and shrubs will be damaged or uprooted. Some rotting small trees will be uprooted, and rotten large branches will snap,” the weather service said.

Tornadoes also will be possible as the tropical storm approaches and rain bands begin to move inland, the weather service said.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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