As South Texas anticipates Tropical Storm Hermine’s impending arrival in a few hours, Hidalgo County continues making preparations for the tropical storm conditions expected with landfall.  Hermine is currently measuring 65 mph maximum sustained winds and is expected to make landfall as a strong tropical storm overnight. The National Weather Service has added a Tornado Watch for Hidalgo County until 6:45 am Tuesday, in addition to the Flash Flood Warning already in effect.

Hidalgo County offices are expected to remain open for business on Tuesday, September 7, 2010.  All employees should report follow their regular work schedules.  Commissioners’ Court has posted an Emergency Meeting for 9 am to appropriate any necessary funds to address emergency expenditures in anticipation of Tropical Storm Hermine.

Several school districts in Hidalgo County have reported “late starts” on Tuesday.  Edcouch-Elsa ISD will start classes on Tuesday September 7, 2010 at 9:30 am for all students, 8:30 am for teachers, and all administrators at their regular time.  For more information, please contact Interim Superintendent Frances Rocha, or Dir. Risk Mgmt. Belinda O. Castillo at 956-262-6000.  Monte Alto ISD will also start classes at 9:30 for students, 8:30 am for teachers, and all administrators at their regular time.   For more information, please contact Superintendent Gabriel Farias at 956-262-6000.

Local officials have created a joint Facebook page, “RGVDisasterCenter,” to inform residents on regional efforts and news related to Tropical Storm Hermine, including weather updates, shelter locations, school closures, and any other relevant information.  Become a fan and follow it at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/RGVDisasterCenter/106594942733246

County residents are urged to remain alert to this rapidly-evolving weather situation, and stay tuned to local media and the County website at www.co.hidalgo.tx.us, Facebook RGVDisasterCenter page, and Twitter @HidalgoCounty.