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Montgomery County approves using over $650,000 in CARES funds to help local school districts

School districts will be partially reimbursed for costs associated with acquiring devices and hot spots for remote learning.

UPDATED: All Greater Houston-area H-E-B stores reopen Aug. 27

All Greater Houston-area H-E-B locations have reopened under normal business hours Aug. 27 after closing early Aug. 26 in preparation for Hurricane Laura.

Hurricane Laura expected to reach Category 4 strength

Hurricane Laura, which is forming in the Gulf of Mexico, is expected to reach Category 4 strength before making landfall the night of Aug. 26, according to the latest report from the National Weather Service Houston-Galveston.

All afternoon METRO transit services suspended Aug. 26 in anticipation of Hurricane Laura

All Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County service operations will be suspended at 4 p.m. Aug. 26 in anticipation of the developing Hurricane Laura.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo signs disaster declaration in preparation for Hurricane Laura

The declaration activates the Harris County emergency management plan and is effective beginning Aug. 26 through at least Sept. 1, unless otherwise extended by the Harris County Commissioners Court.

Find out how your school district is handling Hurricane Laura

Read the latest news on Hurricane Laura's expected landfall in the Houston area and how it is affecting schools.

'We're preparing as if we know that a Category 3 hurricane is bearing down on us': ESD 10, Tomball plan for Laura

"Any potentially major storm event like this, we're preparing as if we know that a Category 3 hurricane is bearing down on us," Tomball City Manager Rob Hauck said. "We're going to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. That has always served us well—being overprepared rather than underprepared."

Harris County boosts funding, extends deadlines for rental assistance

A Harris County program designed to provide relief to residents behind on their rent as a result of the coronavirus is getting a boost in funding.

YMCA of Greater Houston announces staggered facility, program closures ahead of Hurricane Laura

YMCA of Greater Houston officials announced Aug. 25 that facilities and programs will be closed through at least Aug. 28 in preparation for Hurricane Laura's landfall expected Aug. 27.

Ahead of Hurricane Laura, Central Texas counties preparing to shelter Gulf Coast evacuees

Austin and Travis County are partnering with Galveston County, which announced a mandatory evacuation order this afternoon.

Montgomery County reports 5 new deaths related to COVID-19, 20% active case drop Aug. 25

Active COVID-19 cases fell by more than 300 on Aug. 25, while 146 new cases were confirmed.

Gov. Greg Abbott outlines how hurricane evacuation will work amid COVID-19 pandemic

While social distancing practices will be in place and personal protective equipment will be available at the evacuation centers, Abbott also encouraged families to consider evacuating to hotel and motel rooms farther inland as they offer more privacy and less potential exposure to COVID-19.

How to keep pets safe as Hurricane Laura approaches

Here's what the Humane Society of the United States suggests pet owners do to prepare for the hurricane.

Lone Star College System announces building closures Aug. 26 prior to storms

Regular building hours and classes are anticipated to reopen Aug. 31.

As firearm background checks surge statewide, local business owners see more first-time buyers, struggle to keep inventory

“The days of us calling our distributors and saying, ‘Give us three of them and five of those and six of these'—that’s over," said Thom Bolsch, proprietor of Saddle River Range on FM 1488.

HCTRA tolls waived; Houstonians urged to stay off roads for people evacuating

"We want to make sure that we provide easy access for people who may be traveling throughout areas," Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said in a press conference Aug. 24.

Harris County sees virus spread slow for 14 consecutive days

See the latest trends on COVID-19 in Harris County.

UPDATE: Montgomery County officials preparing for Hurricane Laura; high winds and some rain expected locally

Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough said Aug. 25 the county is preparing for wind effects brought by the approaching storm.

How deadly is COVID-19? Here is a breakdown of cases as Montgomery County's death toll hits 100

Deaths represent 1.51% of total cases, and 85.1% of residents have reportedly recovered.

UPDATED: Montgomery County backs down on proposal to offer $500 stimulus checks to county residents

County officials said it was not clear if the proposal qualified for the use of CARES ACT funds and that they did not wish to proceed before receiving confirmation in writing.

Entergy announces preparations for impacts of storms

Crews will be on alert in the case of power outages during the anticipated storms.

Gov. Greg Abbott declares state of disaster in 23 counties ahead of tropical storms Marco, Laura

In preparation for the landfalls of both tropical storms Marco and Laura this week, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation declaring a state of disaster in 23 coastal counties on Aug. 23, which was subsequently approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and President Donald Trump Aug. 24.