HOUSTON, Texas. – While the states of the southeastern coast of the United States continue to struggle with the attack of Hurricane Florence this Friday, in Texas it Governor Greg Abbott issued an emergency statement for more than 50 provinces, including several coastal areas already hit by severe weather and floods, awaiting the arrival of a tropical disturbance of the region.
"The tropical disruption of the Texas coast is a threat of an impending disaster, which includes severe flooding, property damage and potential loss of life," Abbott said in a statement. "We are ready to use state resources to assist local officials in their response efforts, but it is crucial that all Texans living in the areas of the storm trajectory are prepared to ensure their own safety," he added. toe.
Two days ago, Abbott had commissioned the level of storm preparation from the State Operations Center (SOC) to level 2. This means that the scope of the emergency has been extended and the response centers need more staff, extending the hours of operation and intensifying coordination.
The provinces included in the emergency declaration are: Aransas, Atascosa, Austin, Flag, Bastrop, Bee, Bexar, White, Brazoria, Arms, Brooks, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Colorado, Comal, DeWitt, Dimmit, Duval, Edwards, Fayette, Fort Bend, Frio, Galveston, Gillespie, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Guadalupe, Harris, Hays, Hidalgo, Jackson, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kendall, Kenedy, Kerr, Kinney, Kleberg , La Salle, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Live Oak, Plain, Madison, Matagorda, Maverick, McMullen, Medina, Montgomery, Walnuts, Polk, Royal, Refuge, San Jacinto, St Patrick, Starr, Travis, Trinidad, Uvalde, Val Green, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Washington, Webb, Wharton, Willacy, Williamson, Wilson, Zapata and Zavala.
The mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, said in a tweet that the city is vigilant for weather conditions and is aware of the governor's emergency declaration for various provinces, including Harris, in response to the arrival of a disruption. "These areas can be affected by very bad weather," he wrote.
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I just received Gov. @GregAbbott_TX You have issued a disaster statement for Harris and other provinces in Texas in response to the impending tropical disturbance.
These areas can be affected by heavy weather. #StaySafe
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