Hurricane Harvey causing concern at home

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Hurricane Harvey is more than 1,500 miles away from Kern County, but the Category 4 storm is causing concern here at home.

In Texas, the oil industry down operations as Hurricane Harvey hammers the coast.

Many people from Kern County have moved to the Lone Star state for a job in oil and are feeling the effects of the storm. 

Carol Jarrett moved to Houston about a year and a half ago for her job with Halliburton.

"Gas prices are going through the roof as well," Jarrett said. "They are backed up and I've even heard of a station even running out not far from me. Luckily I was able to stock up early and get both of my cars filled with gas so if I had to leave I could."

Jarrett said she was sent home from work early Friday as the storm gained strength.

She said while they were able to drive Friday, with the heavy rainfall, Saturday may be a different story.

"Right now I'm just kind of waiting it out. It's like nobody knows what is happening or what's going to happen next," Jarrett said.

For Bakersfield resident 18-year-old Meagan Carter, her freshman year away from home is something she won't likely forget.

Carter arrived in Houston on Monday to start her freshman year at Houston Baptist University. 

"I'm kind of nervous because I don't really know what to expect especially because it's going to be getting bigger and more like intense," Carter said.

Carter says classes have been cancelled until Tuesday and some students have left campus.

So far four local Red Cross volunteers have been deployed to Texas and Louisiana, to help victims of Harvey. 

"We haven't had a Category 4 hurricane hit the mainland in over a decade," Jessica Piffero with the American Red Cross said. "So we are truly bracing for what could be a significant disaster and all of these volunteers play a really critical role in bringing all of that together."

The Red Cross has an emergency app that tracks the storm and lets you know where to get services.

To donate to the Red Cross click here.


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