At a press conference this morning Governor Greg Abbott advised Texans to be ready in the event a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico forms into a Tropical Depression or Storm, possibly even a hurricane that could potentially strike the Texas coast this weekend.
“Regions north of the Houston area, going up into East Texas, could receive as much as if not more than ten inches of rain,” he detailed with maps.
The governor says the state has activated multiple rescue squads across the state as a precaution, including Texas Task Force One, which is on standby with four high-water rescue boat squads and two high-profile vehicles already activated. Texas A & M Forest Service has three incident management teams activated. TDPS has 700 BPS officers on standby.
“We need local communities, as well as individuals who could be affected by the storm, to begin planning and taking action beginning today to get ready for what could be a storm or may not be a storm,” Governor Abbott cautioned.
This morning the National Weather Service released the image of the cone of potential landfall for what is being referred to as Invest 92L, and it includes the Houston area on the farthest western reaches.
The National Weather Service has issued a Storm Surge Watch and Tropical Storm Watch for the Louisiana Coast from the Mississippi border to just west of New Orleans. The system is tracking west-southwest at eight miles an hour, winds clocking at 30 miles an hour. Flooding is reported in New Orleans from rainfall Wednesday.
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