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UPDATE: Austin shelter reaches capacity, evacuees must drive north
(The Weather Channel)

Evacuees seeking shelter from Hurricane Laura are being asked to continue traveling north due to the Austin Regional Sheltering System reaching capacity. The city had been taking in evacuees at the Circuit of the Americas Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday afternoon and housing them in hotels in the area.




When the city initially thought it reached capacity at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, evacuees were being redirected to Ennis, Texas—about 30 miles south of Dallas. Now as the Austin evacuation center reaches capacity, the city asks evacuees to call 2-1-1 for assistance in identifying the next closest sheltering location.

While large shelters are typically used during an evacuation, officials are refraining from opening such facilities due to the pandemic.

As of noon Wednesday, about 5,000 people have been evacuated from areas to be hit by the hurricane, Gov. Abbott said at a press conference today.

Hurricane Laura is currently a Category 4 hurricane. It will hit the Texas and Louisiana coast early Thursday morning, projections show.


Story updated at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday to reflect new information released.

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