Agencies from around the Lone Stare State are preparing for a tropical system that is currently developing just outside of the Gulf of Mexico.
The storm system is projected to make it's way toward the Texas coast later this week and along with state agencies, residents are getting prepared. The Texas State Operations Center moved from awareness level IV (normal conditions) to Operations level III (increased readiness) at 12 p.m. (Noon) on Tuesday.
"I urge all Texans to take precautions and review their emergency plans now to prepare for any potential impact to their community," Governor Abbott told citizens this week.
Some of the state agencies that are preparing for this weather system are:
- 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 Department of State Health Services
- Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Though it may, or may not be a named tropical system, officials are urging Texas residents to prepare. Some of the things that they can do are
- Assemble an emergency kit that includes essential documents, supplies and provisions.
- Review hurricane evacuation maps, and select a route for you and your family.
- Plan how all family members and pets will evacuate safely.
- Consider any special needs for individuals with disabilities or the elderly.
- Stay informed about changing weather conditions in and around your area.
- Follow the instructions of local officials if a storm develops.
Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters are expected to make a trip into the area of disturbed weather on Wednesday.
The National Hurricane Canter is giving the system a 70% chance of development over the next 5 days, which would bring a landfall to somewhere along the Texas coast near the end of the week.