Texas agencies preparing for developing tropical system in Gulf of Mexico

(Photo: SBG San Antonio)

Texas agencies are bracing for a potential tropical system developing in the Gulf of Mexico.

The storm system could move toward the Texas coast later this week. The Texas State Operations Center will move from level IV (normal conditions) to level III (increased readiness) beginning 12 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 11 in preparation for the storm.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said agencies are on "high alert" because the storm could potentially bring dangerous flash flooding. A model from our meteorologist gave the storm a 50 percent chance of developing in the next five days. The National Weather Service said any effects from the storm would happen this weekend.

"I urge all Texans to take precautions and review their emergency plans now to prepare for any potential impact to their community," Abbott said.

Here are the Texas agencies assisting in preparation for the storm:

  • 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
  • American Red Cross
  • The Salvation Army

Texas residents are advised to prepare for the storm by doing the following:

  • 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.
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