Island Residents Get Ready for Edouard

The hardware store was bustling with residents buying essentials to storm proof their homes.

"I just wanna get prepared. Not really worried about it too much, but I just wanna get prepared. I was born and raised here and saw Alicia and saw Carla and everything else in-between. But I need to protect my food in case we do lose power, so I got myself a generator."

"Just bunker down, have water, food to last a couple of days, get everybody situated, let the services kick-in and get everything back and runnin."

Meanwhile, beach-goers were taking in the sun and surf. Bobby Wayslik says he and his wife Cheryl took care of some things before they took a stroll.

"We're gonna bring all of our lawn furniture, things like that in, anything that will blow away, because I know get some heavy winds. So, anything that's easily blown away, we're certainly be putting it in our garage today. We won't wait for the last minute because we know it's gonna be heavy winds."

Skipper LeBlanc retired to the island from Victoria. He wasn't having any luck fishing from the jetty, but was aware of the weather changing.

"We got a phone call this morning from the island...uh, the city warning us."

In the first of what will be many press briefings, Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas says the island is getting ready for Edouard by over-preparing.

"We expect it to be a tropical storm, but our policy here is to plan for one storm at a higher level. Right now, we're looking at a category-1, and that triggers what we've already put into action, closing city and bus lines and so on. But again, chances are, the storm will be on track and it won't get any worse, hope it doesn't, but we want everybody to be aware that it could become a greater storm."

The state issued a disaster declaration for 17 counties that could be impacted by Tropical Storm Edouard.

Pat Hernandez, KUHF...Houston Public Radio News.



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