No evacuations for Harris County

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">Residents fish along a dam&#39;s drainage system near Havana, three days after Hurricane Ike hit the island Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008. Forecasters said Ike, a category 1 storm, could become a major Category 3 hurricane before slamming into Texas or northern Mexico on Saturday. &#40;AP Photo&#47;Fernando Llano&#41;</span></div>
September 10, 2008 12:20:40 PM PDT
Harris County is not calling for evacuations at this time.TRACK IT: Location/forecast track | Satellite | Computer models | Watches/warnings | Hurr. wind probabilities | TS wind probabilities | Tracking map | Get Ike text alerts | Gulf water temps | Tim Heller's blog | Before the storm | Supply list | Photos

The Harris County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is working on a 24-hour schedule monitoring Ike and is prepared to help neighboring counties affected by this hurricane. Brazoria County issued a mandatory evacuation order for special needs residents and those residing in zip code 77541, which includes Freeport, Hideaway Gulf, Turtle Cove, Surfside, Quintana, Treasure Island, Oyster Creek, Jones Creek and River's End. A voluntary evacuation was called for all other zip codes in this area. Also, a voluntary evacuation was issued to residents living on Galveston's west end.

If Hurricane Ike becomes a major threat to Harris County, officials will inform residents and a decision for immediate evacuations would be ordered.

Although Harris County has not ordered evacuations, officials encourage residents to prepare, and make the necessary decisions to protect their family, pets and property. Everyone should have an emergency supply kit, a family emergency plan and continue to monitor the weather conditions through the local media.

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