Hurricane Harvey is causing devastation along the Texas coast with the first Category 4 storm to make landfall in the state since 1961. But while the storm is resulting in many serious and life-threatening problems, there is also a pop-culture concern making its rounds among Texans on social media: that potential power outages or evacuations will cause residents to miss the super-sized seventh season finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones.
In fact, the City of Austin (which is on the outskirts of the current storm zone) posted on Reddit to cheekily reassure fans with an announcement from its official account: “Know that we will try everything to keep the power on for the GoT finale Sunday night.” (The city’s attention-getting message was followed by an extensive list of emergency resources).
Some of the fan tweets:
Another entertainment concern that gets mentioned is Saturday’s Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather UFC fight.
The threat, however, seems to be thankfully diminishing as of early Saturday. Since Harvey made landfall Friday night, the storm’s winds have decreased from 130 mph to 80 mph and its status has been reduced from Category 5 to Category 1. Still, some areas might see up to 40 inches of rain, and some major flooding is expected.
In Texas, local newscasts and newspapers and their respective websites are all over this story and are often the best bet for those looking for up-to-the-minute storm information for their region. Here’s the National Hurricane Center’s portal. Flood Safety Info. Reduce the Risk of Flood. Apply for assistance online. Road closures map. “Turn around, don’t drown.”
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