News Release: Decide now whether to evacuate

A joint statement from Nueces County Judge Loyd Neal, Mayor Joe McComb (City of Corpus Christi) and Mayor Charles R. Bujan (City of Port Aransas):

Residents, Winter Texans, Tourists and Visitors along Tx-Hwy 361 on Padre Island from Port Aransas to Corpus Christi are advised that 5 to 7 foot storm surge and local rains from 20 to 25 inches related to Tropical Storm Harvey.

Certain low lying parts of Tx-Hwy 361 are subject to severe flooding which hinder access off the island. In addition, it is unclear how long the Port Aransas Ferry will remain in operation due to storm conditions.

Please be advised that decisions as to whether you are going to stay on the island must be made immediately because impending storm conditions, surge, rainfall and flooding will impede travel along Tx-Hwy 361.

Effective 10:00 a.m. TODAY, it is mandatory that road ready high profile Recreational Vehicles (RVs) be off Padre Island, Mustang Island (Port Aransas), and North Beach no later than 6:00 p.m.

Area residents are also advised that Nueces County beaches at Padre Balli Park and I.B. Magee parks are anticipated to close today at 2:00 p.m. due to rising tides and surge. Area residents are asked to take necessary precautions to protect lives and secure property.

These governmental entities will continue to monitor weather conditions will make operational decisions to protect life and preserve property. Stay Informed. Sign up for emergency notifications at

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