2010-06-24 / Front Page
Police chief issues statement
The following statement was issued by Port Aransas Police Chief Scott Burroughs about noon today:
“Port Aransas is currently under a Tropical Storm Warning, meaning Tropical Storm Winds are expected within the next 36 hours. As of 9 this morning, it appears that the city will face a tropical storm beginning sometime Wednesday afternoon or evening. It should pass by midday Thursday, but rain is expected until noon on Friday.
“Peak sustained winds are expected to range from 35 to 45 mph, with gusts in the upper 50s. We expect significant beach flooding from tidal surge beginning tomorrow evening. Surge levels are predicted to be in the two-foot range, but may reach as high as five feet. Rainfall is predicted to be anywhere from 4 inches to over a foot. Localized flooding may occur at any time from heavy rain. Although no tornado watches or warnings are currently in effect, heavy thunderstorms are probable, and they may produce tornados.
“I do not want to create any undue alarm. However, as you all know, weather conditions can change rapidly, so we should not be complacent or let our guard down. Be particularly mindful of high water. Until the threat has passed, we will continue to be prepared to deal with the worst-case scenario. Please keep me informed of any hazardous conditions or significant storm damage.”