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Texas Governor & Agencies Bracing for Potential Tropical Storm Impact

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As a tropical storm system develops in the Gulf of Mexico, the Governor and many Texas agencies are on “high alert” in advance of potentially dangerous flooding. The storm system’s current course could put Texas in the direct path for impact later this week.

Beginning today at 12 p.m. (Tuesday, September 11), the Texas State Operations Center will move from level IV (which are normal conditions) to level III, which is an increased level of readiness. The National Weather Service has advised that any possible effects from this storm system would materialize this weekend. “I urge all Texans to take precautions and review their emergency plans now to prepare for any potential impact to their community,” Governor Abbott stated.

Governor and State Agencies Bracing for Potential Storm System Impact

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“We are closely monitoring a tropical system expected to approach the Gulf of Mexico and potentially impact the Texas coast in the coming days,” the Governor further said in a prepared statement. “In light of recent heavy rainfall across the state, we are on high-alert as any additional rain could quickly create dangerous flash flooding conditions. I urge all Texans to take precautions and review their emergency plans now to prepare for any potential impact to their community.”

Those Texas agencies which are assisting in advanced preparation for the storm include:

  • American Red Cross
  • Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Texas Department of Public Safety (Texas Highway Patrol)
  • Texas Department of Transportation
  • Texas Engineering & Extension Service
  • Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
  • Texas Forest Service
  • Texas Military Department
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • The Salvation Army
Governor and State Agencies Bracing for Potential Storm System Impact

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Ahead of the storm system, residents are advised to make such preparations as planning how family members and pets will evacuate if need be, getting an emergency kit together which includes provisions and essential documents, and considering the special needs of the elderly and family members who may require additional support and care. If a storm makes landfall in Texas, be aware of potential safety measures and evacuation orders through instructions from local officials and stay aware of changing weather patterns through local meteorologist updates.