AUSTIN — In anticipation of severe weather expected across the Gulf Coast next week, Governor Greg Abbott is placing resources on standby for the state.
Tropical Storm Beta is expected to strengthen to a hurricane over the course of the weekend and strike the Texas coast early next week.
Governor Abbott is allocating the following resources in preparation:
- Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service: Texas A&M Task Forces One and Two -Type 3 Urban Search and Rescue Team and Boat Squads
- Texas A&M Forest Service: Incident Management Teams and Saw Crews
- Texas Military Department: High Profile Vehicle Packages
- Texas Department of State Health Services: Texas Emergency Medical Task Force Ambuses and Ambulance Strike Teams
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Boat Teams and helicopters with hoist capability to support water rescue operations
- Texas Department of Transportation: High Profile Vehicles
- Texas Department of Public Safety – Texas Highway Patrol: Search and Rescue Aircraft with hoist capability and the Tactical Marine Unit
Heavy rain and flooding is expected in the Rio Grande Valley and the Coastal Bend region.
“This storm has the potential to bring heavy rain and flooding, and I urge the people the Rio Grande Valley and the Coastal Bend to heed the guidance of local emergency officials and remain vigilant as this Tropical Depression strengthens,” said Governor Abbott.