From the Nacogdoches Police Department:
As Hurricane IKE approaches the upper Texas coast, weather forecasters indicate Nacogdoches County will experience Tropical Storm force winds beginning early Saturday morning.
Sustained (constant) winds of 30+ miles per hour should reach Nacogdoches in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday, September 13th. These sustained winds should increase by mid-morning to 50+ miles per hour, with gusts in excess of 80 miles per hour. These sustained winds are forecasted to begin to subside late Saturday afternoon.
Residents are asked to secure lawn furniture and outside items that may be blown by these winds. These include trash cans, hanging baskets and flower pots. These items should be secured or brought inside. Persons residing in mobile homes should have an alternate place in a strong building to shelter from this storm. Persons in high profile vehicles, such as RV's should use caution. Residents should have prescriptions filled, fuel tanks topped off, and an emergency supply of food and water on hand. Winds in excess of 35 miles per hour will make driving extremely dangerous, and motorists are advised not to drive during the peak of the storm. Flash flooding is a possibility.
Persons residing in low-lying areas should begin now readying their property for possible flash flooding. Motorists should never attempt to drive through standing water. Motorists should turn around to avoid high water.
Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms are possible during this event. Extended power outages should be expected. Residents are reminded to only operate portable generators in well-ventilated areas. Combustible engines, such as those used on generators, give off carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless deadly gas. Never connect a generator to a home without the main breaker being turned off. Failure to do so may energize power lines that are down and pose a deadly hazard to workers repairing the lines.
The Nacogdoches Police and Fire Departments are fully staffed and will remain so for this entire operation. The NPD's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) was activated Thursday morning, and is providing security services at shelters at this time. The Fire Department's two swift water rescue teams are on duty and ready for deployment.
Residents should keep tuned to local media and NOAA weather radio in the event severe weather threatens the area.
As of 9:00 am. CDT this date, Nacogdoches is sheltering approximately 600 evacuees in four (4) Red Cross Shelters. The local evacuee check-in point is open at the Fredonia Hill Baptist Church, 1711 South Street (Business US 59).
Persons seeking shelter are asked to report to this location where they will receive sheltering instructions. Local residents needing shelter may also report to this location. Do not report directly to a shelter.
The Nacogdoches Emergency Operations Center was activated at 10:00 AM Thursday morning, and remains operational on a 24-hour basis.
The City of Nacogdoches emergency telephone bank is also in operation. Persons needing information should call the telephone bank at 936-559-2510. The telephone bank is operational 24 hours.