I just got out of a multi-county Emergency Management meeting this morning (Wed.9-21) that was linked to a conference call to the State Operations Center (DPS Austin). Here are some highlights that would be of interest to any RVers on the Texas coast wondering whether to stay or leave.[LIST]
<LI>presently the eye is forcast to hit near Matagorta Bay.
<LI>tropical storm force winds should hit the coast between 10am -2pm Friday (you need to be gone by then).
<LI>damaging wind/rain will extend for a 200 mile radius from the eye. (that means 400 miles of coastline will feal this thing)
<LI>Rita is now a cat. 4, it may go to a cat. 5 by landfall.
<LI>most of the Texas coast is (or will be) in the evecuation zone.
<LI>evacuations are already underway.
<LI>Of regional interest to my area (Uvalde county); hotels and RV parks in Uvalde County are already full or reserved. Val Verde county hotels are full. Above is a combination of
(1.) persons have already reserved theire place of shelter
(b.) Dove hunting season is open, which fills the hotels, and also a big rodeo in Del Rio has their hotels booked solid.
If you had planned to shelter inland in these areas, check before you arrive for availability of hotels /RV sites.
<LI>As of this moment, San Antonio is the westernmost evacuation hub for official shelters. Hubs futher west may be opened as needed later. As always "the Red Cross" is the evacuation coordinations entity for Texas.
If you are needing to leave the affected coastal area in your RV and can find no other place of refuge, dont forget to look at the Texas State Park websight for locations of State Parks. If you really get into a bind, e-mail me at ...
and I will try and get you info on a place for you and your RV to sit out the storm.
Texas oficials are being very serious about Rita and have organized a massive response. I will try and post pertinant updates as I get them.
Operations Chief, Uvalde County EOC, &
Chief of Police SWTJC