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DPS Urges Texans to Prepare for Hurricane Season

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    In this satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Hurricane Dolly makes landfall as it moves west-northwest near the Texas-Mexico border at 15:15 GMT July 23, 2008. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami have issued a hurricane warning for the coast of Texas from Brownsville to Corpus Christi and have advised people to protect life and property as Hurricane Dolly continues to gain strength. Maximum sustained winds have increased to nearly 100 mph, and has just been upgraded to a Category 2 hurricane. Hundreds of area Brownsville, TX residents have made their way to public shelters as the eye of the storm closes in on the coast.

    Hurricane season doesn't start for another week-and-a-half, but the Texas Department of Public Safety is urging Texans -- especially those near the coast -- to begin preparing now for the approach of a hurricane.

    Hurricane season starts June 1.

    Even though coastal residents are the most vulnerable, DPS Director Steven McCraw says a hurricane can disrupt and endanger residents throughout the state.

    Not only can the winds of a hurricane cause death and destruction, so can the tropical rains that come with it.

    McCraw suggests Texans assemble an emergency kit that includes essential documents, supplies and provisions. Hurricane evacuation maps should be on hand and reviewed and an evacuation route chosen. And any special needs of those who are disabled or elderly should be provided for.