BREAKING: State Of Disaster DECLARED In This State


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster for 30 Texas counties Wednesday ahead of the expected landfall of the former Tropical Storm Harvey.

Abbott also ordered the Texas Division of Emergency Management’s State Operations Center to elevate its readiness level in preparation for the storm’s arrival.


The remnants of Harvey have reformed in the southern Gulf of Mexico, prompting the National Hurricane Center to issue hurricane, tropical storm and storm-surge watches Wednesday for parts of the Texas coast.

Here is the official Press Release:

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Governor Abbott Declares State of Disaster For 30 Texas Counties in Anticipation Of Tropical Depression Harvey Making Landfall


August 23, 2017 | Austin, Texas

In anticipation of Tropical Depression Harvey making landfall in the Gulf Coast region, Governor Greg Abbott today preemptively declared a State of Disaster for Aransas, Austin, Bee, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Brazoria, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Live Oak, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Waller, Wharton and Wilson counties. Forecasts from the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center expect this storm to intensify in the coming days causing severe flooding, storm surges and damaging winds. Earlier today the Governor ordered the State Operations Center (SOC) to elevate its readiness level as the storm approaches, and made available any and all state resources to assist in preparation, rescue and recovery efforts.


“Texans believe in taking action and always being prepared in the event of an emergency,” said Governor Abbott.  “That is why I am taking every precaution prior to Tropical Depression Harvey making landfall. Preemptively declaring a state of disaster will allow Texas to quickly deploy resources for the emergency response effort in anticipation of the storm’s hazardous conditions.”

Governor Abbott Increases Readiness Of State Operations Center As Tropical Depression Harvey Approaches Gulf Coast

August 23, 2017 | Austin, Texas

Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the State Operations Center (SOC) to elevate its readiness level as Tropical Depression Harvey approaches, and the National Hurricane Center issues a hurricane and storm surge watch for the Gulf Coast. Starting at 7:00 a.m. today the SOC increased from level IV (normal conditions) to level III (increased readiness) and will be further elevated to level II (escalated response conditions) starting Thursday, August 24th at 7:00 a.m. Additionally, Governor Abbott has made available any and all state resources to assist in preparation, rescue and recovery efforts.

“The state’s emergency personnel are well prepared for the potential impact from Tropical Depression Harvey, and stand ready to assist in the event of any severe weather emergencies,” said Governor Abbott. “As the  State Operations Center increases its readiness levels, I also encourage Texans in the storm’s path to make their own emergency preparations, heed warnings from local officials, and avoid high water areas. I ask that all Texans keep those in the Gulf Coast region in their thoughts and prayers as they prepare for this severe weather event.”

State resources currently engaged in the emergency preparation effort include:

  • Department of Information Resources
  • Public Utility Commission of Texas
  • Railroad Commission of Texas
  • State Auditor’s Office
  • Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
  • Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (Texas Task Force One)
  • Texas A&M Forest Service
  • Texas Animal Health Commission
  • Texas Attorney General’s Office
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • Texas Commission on Fire Protection
  • Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
  • Texas Department of Agriculture
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice
  • Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
  • Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
  • Texas Department of Insurance
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Texas Department of Transportation
  • Texas Division of Emergency Management
  • Texas Education Agency
  • Texas General Land Office
  • Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  • Texas Military Department
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

Fox News reports that in its 1 p.m. ET advisory, the weather service said Harvey is located off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, 535 miles south-southwest of Port O’Connor, Texas with maximum sustained winds near 35 mph, and was nearly stationary.

The NHC said the storm should continue on a track toward the northwest over the next 48 hours, and is likely to approach the Texas coast by “late Friday.”

“Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Harvey could become a hurricane on Friday,” the NHC said.

There is now a storm surge watch issued on the coast of Texas from Port Mansfield to High Island, a hurricane watch from north of Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass, and a tropical storm watch from the mouth of the Rio Grande along the border with Mexico to Port Mansfield, and from north of San Luis Pass to High Island.

“Interests in southwestern Louisiana should monitor the progress of this system for possible watches this afternoon,” the agency added.

Harvey is bringing the threat of prolonged heavy rain and “life-threatening flooding” for portions of the coast from northeastern Mexico to southern Louisiana into the coming week.

Texas could also see storm surge and tropical storm- or hurricane-force winds, the advisory said.

Officials in Harris County are monitoring the forecast and keeping an eye on areas known for flooding, FOX26 Houston reported.

Along the coast in Galveston, county officials are reminding residents to prepare for a rain event, and have their supply kits ready in case there are any power outages.

“Keep your fuel tank filled up, make sure that you have some water, you have some supplies at your house,” Niki Bender with Galveston Emergency Management told FOX26 “Any type of preparations. You have things outside that might be loose and might fly, you can take those in and get them taken care of now.”


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