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Hurricane Harvey, poised to hit Texas in first Category 3 storm to hit the United States since 2005. Evacuations have been ordered along the Texas Gulf Coast.

We are hours away from Hurricane Harvey officially hitting the Texas Gulf Coast, where it will stall and do untold amounts of damage with high winds and intense flooding.

Evacuations across Texas have become mandatory as officials warn the citizens in the storm’s path to get out of there. The window, one official said, is closing.

Here is a complete list of evacuations that have been ordered in Texas:

Aransas Pass – Mandatory evacuation order issued
Brazoria County – Mandatory evacuation order issued for coastal communities along the Gulf side of the Intracoastal Waterway
Calhoun County – Mandatory evacuation order issued
Matagorda County – Everyone south of FM521 is included in the mandatory evacuation order, including the communities of Palacios, Collegeport, Matagorda, Sargent and Wadsworth.

VOLUNTARY EVACUATION: 
Galveston County – Judge Mark Henry has issued a voluntary evacuation for residents in all unincorporated low-lying areas of the county. This includes San Leon, Bacliff, Old Bayou Vista, and Highland Bayou. The latest areas are in addition to the order already in effect for the Bolivar Peninsula, including the unincorporated areas of Port Bolivar, Crystal Beach, High Island and Gilchrist. Residents who rely on medical assistance or those who cannot go without power for an extended period of time are encouraged to leave.
Brazoria County – Voluntary evacuation order issued for low-lying coastal areas inland of Intracoastal Waterway.
Chambers County – A voluntary evacuation order has been issued for Smith Point, Cedar Point, all RV parks, those living in unanchored mobile homes and other low-lying areas known to flood.
Dickinson – City officials have issued a voluntary evacuation order for citizens with medical conditions and special needs as well as those in low-lying areas.
Galveston’s West End – Voluntary Evacuation called for those with medical or access and functional needs on the West End of Galveston. Anyone who needs assistance leaving the island, please call 409-797-3701 or sign up online on the website www.galvestontx.gov/needaride.
La Porte – As of 9:30a.m. Friday, the City has issued a Voluntary Evacuation order for the entire city prior to the arrival of Hurricane Harvey. The area remains under a Tropical Storm Warning and Storm Surge Watch, and expects to receive significant rainfall totals from this storm.
Seabrook – Voluntary evacuation issued with the elderly and those with medical conditions in mind. Residents encouraged to leave by noon on Friday, Aug. 25.

In Louisiana, which is expected to take on storm surges and several inches of rain along its coast, Cameron Parish, which has historically taken brutal hits from major storms, has called for mandatory evacuations, while Vermilion Parish’s local government has issued a voluntary evacuation order.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump tweeted out that he has been briefed on the hurricane, and has spoken to both Governors Greg Abbott of Texas and John Bel Edwards of Louisiana.

Abbott has requested the National Guard be activated, while Louisiana continues to plan for the worst case scenario – the storm returning to the Gulf and heading east.

We’ll keep you updated as the storm progresses. It is expected to make landfall sometime tonight or early tomorrow morning at the latest.