Texas: Governor Abbott Readies State Resources Ahead Of Severe Weather

~ Governor Greg Abbott has directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to prepare state emergency response resources in anticipation of severe weather expected to affect large parts of the state from today through Friday evening.

"The State of Texas is preparing all available emergency response resources as severe weather begins to impact Texans and communities across our state," said Governor Abbott. "I urge all Texans to be cautious, heed the guidance of state and local officials, and make an emergency plan to keep you and your loved ones safe. Texas stands ready to swiftly provide any additional resources and support needed during these severe storms."

North, Central, and East Texas are expected to experience large hail, damaging winds, and possible tornadoes. Heavy rain and potential flash flooding are forecasted in East Texas. West Texas will face below-freezing temperatures, as well as a mix of rain and snow through the weekend.

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At Governor Abbott's direction, TDEM has placed several state resources on standby for severe weather response operations if necessary: Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (Texas A&M Task Force 1 and Texas Task Force 2), Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Department of State Health Services, Public Utility Commission of Texas, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Additionally, TDEM has alerted all members of the Texas Emergency Management Council to be prepared for response and recovery operations across the state.

For more information on severe weather safety measures visit texasready.gov.

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