On Monday, Governor Greg Abbott ordered state resources to be placed on standby as severe weather approaches the Gulf Coast of Texas.
Expected to make landfall late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, Gov. Abbott elevated the State Operations Center to Level 3 (Increased Readiness) and announced that the Texas Division of Emergency Management will be deploying Texas A&M Task Force One boat squads to the Southeastern coastal regions.
Additionally, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will be providing additional boats and resources in support of these efforts to neighboring areas.
A press release issued from the governor’s office reads, “As severe weather approaches the Gulf Coast, the State of Texas is taking necessary precautions to ensure local officials have the resources they need to respond this (sic) event.”
The statement continues by saying, “State assets have been positioned for quick deployment in the regions expected to be impacted by these storms and I encourage all Texans in the southeast coastal area to heed all warnings from local officials and pay close attention to weather reports as this system approaches.”
While the chances of the tropical disturbance developing into a cyclone or tropical depression are low, the severe weather is likely to bring heavy rainfall and thunderstorms to eastern and coastal Texas before moving upward toward northern Texas and southern Oklahoma, according to meteorologists at the Weather Channel.
Where flooding is not a threat, the weather will likely bring much-needed rain and relief from drought and heat that has plagued Texas for much of the summer – particularly, during the months of August and September.
The Office of the Governor provides the following safety tips regarding flooding and heavy rainfall:
- The safest place to be during severe storms is indoors and higher ground where flooding has occurred.
- Avoid flooded areas, fast-flowing water, and be cautious of crossing or driving across flooded roadways and flowing streams. This is encapsulated by the phrase “Remember, Turn Around Don’t Drown.”
Additional safety tips regarding severe weather can be found at http://www.tdem.texas.gov.
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Sarah McConnell is a reporter for The Texan. Previously, she worked as a Cyber Security Consultant after serving as a Pathways Intern at the Department of Homeland Security – Citizenship and Immigration Services. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas A&M as well as her Master of Public Service and Administration degree from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M. In her free time, Sarah is an avid runner, jazz enthusiast, and lover of all things culinary.