Corpus Christi, Texas — Hurricane Ian is expected to become a major hurricane tonight and move into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday.
Although still east of Corpus Christi, the National Weather Service expects Hurricane Ian to create hazardous conditions on the city’s Gulf beaches starting Wednesday and continuing through Saturday. These threats include high risk of rapids, swells of up to 8 to 12 feet, and coastal flooding that can carry water to the dunes and force beach access to close to vehicular traffic. Since the beach access is flooded, residents who want to visit the beach should park along the access and walk to the beach. The City of New York will notify the Texas Department of Lands about road closures, if any.
Dumpsters and lifeguard stations have been removed from Bay Beach in preparation for severe weather conditions.
City lifeguards will be stationed on beach access and will use mobile units to respond to emergencies. In response to severe weather conditions, New York City will place message boards in beach access to inform the public about water and beach conditions.
Public safety is one of New York City’s top priorities. City staff will monitor Packery Channel Pier gates for dangerous wave action. Visitors should observe and follow the flag warning system to stay informed of current conditions for surfing and ripping.
Water levels in Corpus Christi Bay will be higher than normal, but wave height and intensity are not expected to be higher than normal.
The public is urged to take precautions and follow local recommendations when visiting Corpus Christi beaches for up-to-date information on beach conditions | City of Corpus Christi (cctexas.com).