Galveston issues curfew following mandatory evacuation order

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HOUSTON (CW39) — Galveston has issued curfews for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights as Hurricane Laura approaches the greater Houston area.

Galveston Mayor Pro Tem Craig Brown signed an order which prevents people from being on public streets or right-of-way beginning at 10 p.m. Tuesday. The only legitimate reason for a person to be on the roads is to leave the island as part of the evacuation for Hurricane Laura, according to the city.

People out after the curfew could face up to $1,000 fine.

This follows a mandatory evacuation order issued early Tuesday for Galveston.

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Galveston residents were asked to secure loose items at their property and begin the process of leaving town.

The mandatory evacuation comes after new spaghetti models for landfall of Hurricane Laura shifted westward Monday into Tuesday.

Landfall is anticipated near the Texas/Louisiana border, according to the latest National Weather Service models. Overnight the track of the storm moved slightly westward toward Galveston. CW39 meteorologist Maria Sotolongo has these new details.

“With the uncertainties of this storm and its increasing strength, we need to take all necessary precautions to protect our residents,” Mayor Pro Tem Craig Brown said. “It’s imperative that you make plans this morning to secure your homes and move you and your family to safety off island.”

City services were suspended at 12 p.m. Tuesday. Police and fire will not be available once winds reach Tropical Storm strength. Those who do not follow the evacuation order should not expect public safety services once conditions worsen.

If you are signed up for the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry, the state will begin staging buses at 48th and Broadway at the Island Community Center this morning. Please plan to arrive at this location before 12 p.m. and as soon as possible. If you are in the STEAR program, but do not have a way to get to the community center, please call 409-765-3710 for assistance.

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