Updated 11:40 a.m.

Friendswood ISD schools and facilities will also be closed this week due to Hurricane Laura, with closures Aug. 26, 27 and 28, per district communications personnel.

Originally posted at 9:55 a.m. Aug. 25

Clear Creek ISD issued an early release for all staff and students at noon Aug. 25 to allow for hurricane preparation, according to a 9 a.m. Facebook post and media release from the district.

CCISD will also be closed Aug. 26 and 27, and a decision regarding Aug. 28 will be made later in the week. The district began the 2020-21 year remotely Aug. 24., and the first 10,000 students to return to in-person instruction are not doing so before Aug. 31.

Hurricane Laura is expected to become a hurricane Aug. 25 and intensify into a Category 3 storm before making landfall near the Texas/Louisiana border the night of Aug. 26, according to a 5 a.m. update from the Houston-Galveston branch of the National Weather Service.

Galveston County has issued a voluntary evacuation for the Bolivar Peninsula, as the area could become cut off from emergency services due to this storm; those with medical conditions and the elderly are strongly encouraged to make their evacuation now, per the Galveston County Office of Emergency Management. The county was placed under a tropical storm watch late Aug. 24, meaning winds up to 70 mph are possible in the area for the next 36 hours. The city of Galveston has a mandatory evacuation order in effect.

In storms such as these, the biggest problem is residents being without power for a week or two at a time, League City officials said. The city’s historic district, for instance, has several power lines next to old trees that could fall down and knock out electricity for residents for days at a time, said Sarah Greer Osborne, the director of communications and media relations for League City.

Residents are advised to to cut down dead tree limbs; bring in potted plants, outdoor furniture, and any other items that could be lost or damaging to people or property during high winds; and stockpile nonperishable food, water, medical kits, flashlights and other essentials before it is too late.