Port Mansfield residents urged to evacuate due to Hurricane Hanna

Authorities say residents could become trapped in a community without power for an extended period of time

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PORT MANSFIELD, Texas – Due to Hurricane Hanna’s expected landfall on Saturday, the Port Mansfield Police Department is urging residents, tourists and business owners to evacuate the area as soon as possible.

The department posted the announcement on Facebook and said although the storm will make landfall in the afternoon, the inclement weather will begin earlier on.

“If this storm proceeds as currently projected, it is very likely that persons in Port Mansfield could become trapped in a community that will not have power for an extended period of time and where evacuation via vessel or vehicles will be impossible due to the only two means of egress being closed by flood waters,” PMPD wrote in their post. “Understand that all these events have happened within the past two years with storms on a much smaller scale than TS HANNA.”

The department followed up the post by stating “REMEMBER IF WE CAN’T GET OUT...AN AMBULANCE CAN’T GET IN!”

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About the Author:

Jakob Rodriguez is a digital journalist at KSAT 12. He's a graduate of Texas State University, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the student-run newspaper, The University Star.