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As I am sure you have seen, Hurricane Harvey has come on shore in Texas and totally nailed part of the coast. If you want to see something crazy, watch the live streams from the hurricane hunters that were in the eyewall in Rockport. That is a job I think I will pass on…permanently.
Yesterday I shared some hotels that were offering discounted rates to hurricane evacuees, though I bet some of those are full by now. However, if you are in a Texas hotel, the disaster proclamation has led to a suspension of the collection of state and local hotel taxes to victims of the hurricane until September 6, 2017.
Hurricane Harvey evacuees can also stay for free in Texas state parks. Your area does not have to have been under a mandatory evacuation to utilize this offer. Of course the state parks will be far from five star accommodations, but it is at least an option if you have a camper, RV, or have no better options than a tent and place to park your car. Some do also have a limited number of cabins or screened in areas, though I am not sure if those are still available.
You need call the parks to check availability, and of course some parks nearest the coast and the hardest hit areas are closed. If you do plan to camp out, you are probably best served by heading into far west or north Texas where the storm shouldn’t be an issue.
As a side note, thanks for those who have checked in on us. We are north of Houston so the strong winds are not a problem for us, but the hard rains have now started and even after just a few hours the local creeks and drains are at their banks. If this continues for days, as they say it might, it will become quite problematic for many in the area. If you haven’t already taken the airlines up on their offer to change your flights for free, I would highly recommend doing that well into next week to avoid this part of Texas.