The following stores closed at noon:
- Baytown Joe V's Smart Shop
- Mont Belvieu
All other Houston-area H-E-B and Mi Tienda stores and Central Market Houston will close at 6 p.m.
The H-E-B fuel stations and pharmacies will follow store hours.
Kroger also announced all of its Houston-area stores will close at 6 p.m. Wednesday due to Hurricane Laura. The store on Seawall Blvd. in Galveston closed at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
"We want all of our customers and associates to be informed and prepared, but also for them to be safe" said Joe Kelley, President of Kroger in Houston. "We have stores across the areas of the storm's impact, and we will keep those stores open until 6pm tonight so customers can safely access the food and emergency supplies they need. After that, it's about ensuring our teams are safe with their families and out of harm's way."
Earlier this week, multiple businesses announced their closures, including the Houston Zoo, Children's Museum Houston and Moody Gardens.
If you needed a COVID-19 test, note that Houston Health Department-affiliated sites are also closed Wednesday and Thursday.
You can see a growing list of closures by visiting this ABC13 page.
Within the Houston area, city leaders are also urging people to stay off the roads to allow those who need to evacuate to higher ground to do so safely.
The video above is from a previous report.