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Gov. Abbott announces state preps for upcoming severe weather

1 month 1 week 4 days ago Tuesday, October 26 2021 Oct 26, 2021 October 26, 2021 3:49 PM October 26, 2021 in News - Local
Credit: MGN Online / Office of the Governor of Greg Abbott

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced state resources prepared for the severe weather expected to impact a significant portion of the state starting Tuesday night.

The severe weather threats include heavy rain, strong wind, large hail, and the possibility of tornadoes for northern areas of the state. 

"The State of Texas continues to work alongside local partners to monitor this weather system, and we are prepared to respond to any severe impacts it may bring," Abbott said in a news release. "Texans are encouraged to follow the guidance and warnings from local officials as they prepare for severe weather tonight and tomorrow."

Due to the potential threat of severe weather, the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) has rostered the following resources: 

  • Texas A&M Forest Service: Saw Crews and Incident Management Teams 
  • Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service - Texas A&M Task Force 1 and Texas Task Force 2: Boat squads  
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Boat Teams to support water rescue operations 
  • Texas Department of Public Safety: Helicopters with hoist capability
  • Texas Department of State Health Services: Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF) Severe Weather Packages 
  • Texas Department of Transportation: Road Condition Monitoring, and Equipment to provide emergency debris removal from major roads 
  • Public Utility Commission: Power outage monitoring and coordination with utility providers

For more information on severe weather preparedness and safety actions during extreme weather events, visit TexasReady.gov and TexasFlood.org

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