Tropical Storm Harvey: Everything You Need To Know + Tips
Use your smartphone as the best resource for staying connected during the tropical storm Harvey as it’s projected to make landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas Friday morning.
Below is a list of everything you need to prepare (just in case!) for the worst by being connected to the best tools available to you, and we’re here to help.
How to Get Connected:
1. Use and follow #Harvey on Twitter [Click Here]
Keep up to date of what people are saying with the Twitter hashtags #Harvey, #HarveyStorm and #TropicalstormHarvey.
[Follow Tropical Storm Harvey updates here]
2. Follow our list of recommended resources during the storm
Now that you're on Facebook and Twitter (welcome to the club!), make sure you're following these super helpful resources:
- Official Hurricane Guide South Texas: You can get the official guide here.
- KIII-TV Channel 3: KIII-TV3 is on Facebook and Twitter.
- KRIS Channel 6: KRIS6 is on Facebook and Twitter accounts.
- Caller-Times: Follow Caller-Times updates on the Facebook and Twitter accounts.
- National Weather Service: Follow updates here.
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): NOAA is on Facebook and Twitter.
- The Weather Channel: The Weather Channel is on Facebook and Twitter and has a hurricane tracking Twitter, too.
- Visit Corpus Christi: Follow Visit Corpus Christi on Facebook and Twitter for questions and information regarding travel.
3. Frequently check Facebook and Twitter
Using Facebook and Twitter is one of the best ways to get information out to lots of people at the same time. That being said, social media is the easiest way to stay connected during Harvey.
4. Beach Closures
For your own safety, it is highly recommended to stay clear of any beach activities during tropical storm Harvey.
* AS OF 8/24/17 10:00 A.M.*
A Storm Surge Warning is currently in effect for Nueces County. All County beaches will close beginning at 3:00 p.m.Thursday. Padre Island National Seashore will close North and South beaches beginning at noon Thursday morning. Mustang Island State Park will close at noon on Friday, August 25. McGee and North Beach are closed until further notice. Check back here for updates on beach reopenings.
For all updates on beach closures in the Coastal Bend Area, use the following links:
5. Sign up for Emergency Alerts
Sign up for the Corpus Christi – Nueces County Emergency Alert Program, ReverseAlert. The alert program enables citizens to get time-sensitive information about emergencies and other important community news straight from local officials.
Information will be delivered where you specify such as your home, mobile or business phone, email, text and more. You pick where, you pick how. Sign up today and know…now!
6. Download these Apps to Your Phone
Here's a list of recommended apps to have on your phone to keep you in touch and keep you in the loop. Apps are free and available on Android and iPhone unless indicated otherwise.
- Facebook - Facebook will keep you updated with friends and family regarding Harvey. We’re all in this together!
- Twitter - For faster updates on weather patterns, follow #Harvey.
- The Weather Channel - Track Harvey and check forecasts.
- Hurricane by American Red Cross app - Be ready for severe weather with Hurricane by American Red Cross. Monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe.
- Red Cross First Aid - In the event you are required to render aid, this app gives you tips and instructions. Very helpful!
- Flashlight - Flashlights are VERY important in the event of power outages (and better than open flames) If your smartphone doesn't already have a flashlight, check out the app store for flashlight apps.
7. Put these numbers in your phone!
Instead of traveling the world of the internet, just plug these number into your phone contacts.
- Corpus Christi Police & Fire: (361) 886-2600 (Call 911 in an emergency)
- AEP (to report an outage): (866) 223-8508
- Phone number must-haves: Your insurance agent, a general insurance claims number, your vet and your doctor.
- 211: For all Veteran and Disability Services (Call 911 in an Emergency)
8. Follow The Updates.
FOR LIVE UPDATES, FOLLOW THIS TWITTER FEED.
Inland flooding is a major concern with Harvey. Texas gulf Coast could very well be measuring rain in terms of FEET. pic.twitter.com/6ru2lX02fd— KIII 3 News (@kiii3news) August 24, 2017
9. Other Precautions You Need to Take
Evacuation: Currently there is no scheduled evacuation. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has evacuated students as a precaution. Visitors currently in the Coastal Bend are advised to leave the area by 9:00 pm on Thursday, August 24, 2017. Should visitors stay in the Coastal Bend, make sure to have plenty of food and water as Harvey is expected to produce a lot of rain.
Driving: Corpus Christi Police Department is advising drivers to stay off the road. If you can’t see the roadway, do not drive on it. Remember - Turn around, don’t drown.