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San Marcos prepares for Hurricane Ike

From the city of San Marcos

The city of San Marcos is preparing for Hurricane Ike, expected to hit the Texas coast beginning Friday and impacting Central Texas by Saturday.

Mayor Susan Narvaiz issued an emergency declaration proclamation Wednesday to support the city’s response to possible flooding, high winds and power outages that might occur. The declaration will enable the city to implement its disaster plan and take emergency measures as necessary.

Hurricane Ike is predicted to make landfall by early Saturday between Corpus Christi and Freeport as a possible Category 3 storm and track to the northwest across Texas. By mid-Saturday, the eye of the storm was expected to hit between Austin and San Antonio, dumping 4-6 inches of rain with winds ranging from 40 to 90 miles per hour.

Emergency Operations Coordinator Ken Bell and City departments have been gearing up all week to prepare for the storm. Bell has been participating in statewide emergency management conference calls coordinating statewide preparations for the storm.

City Manager Rick Menchaca called an emergency meeting of department directors Wednesday to begin preparations for a local emergency response if necessary.

Emergency information to date:

Local emergency information is available in the following locations:

Residents are encouraged to monitor storm information, clean up outside,  make provisions to protect pets, and prepare a 3-day disaster supply kit for their families.