Courts in Hurricane Harvey’s Path Close Down
Hurricane Harvey approaches the Texas coast on Friday, August 25, 2017. Credit: NASA.
Federal courts in southern Texas and in San Antonio have begun closing as a powerful Hurricane Harvey bears down on the Lonestar State’s Gulf Coast. More courts in Texas and Louisiana were monitoring weather developments.
The Southern District of Texas reported Friday that courts have closed in Galveston and Victoria, where mandatory evacuations had been ordered, and in Corpus Christi, where local officials strongly urged residents to flee inland. The district’s Brownsville division also closed.
In the Western District of Texas, the U.S. District Court in San Antonio also closed Friday afternoon in anticipation of potential flooding.
The National Weather Service said a slow, meandering storm was expected to dump 15 to 35 inches of rain, causing severe flooding and potentially destructive storm surges on the coast.
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