Gov. Abbott Mobilizes Severe Weather Resources

Governor Greg Abbott
Texas Governor Greg Abbott | Image by Office of the Governor Greg Abbott

Gov. Greg Abbott began mobilizing emergency resources on Wednesday in anticipation of potential severe weather across Texas on Thursday.

Weather experts forecasted earlier this week that showers and thunderstorms would return to North Texas beginning in the early morning hours of November 30. The National Weather Center in Fort Worth said the storms could produce flooding, hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.

These predictions appear to have changed very little, as a few strong to severe storms are still expected, with the greatest potential for severe weather remaining southeast of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

“There is a low chance for a few stronger storm cells capable of producing hail up to 1″ in diameter,” said the NWS on its website. “The potential for isolated tornadoes and damaging wind gusts will be confined to the Brazos Valley late this morning through this afternoon.”

Governor Abbott announced on November 29 that he was putting the state’s emergency response resources on standby ahead of these storms. These resources include boat squads, urban search and rescue teams, incident management teams, saw crews, and disaster assessment and recovery agents from Texas A&M; game wardens and boat squads from Texas Parks and Wildlife; Texas Department of Public Safety patrol troopers; personnel and equipment for traffic control and road closures from the Texas Department of Transportation; and several other state departments.

“Texas is ready to swiftly respond with emergency resources to help local officials keep their communities safe amid severe weather,” said Governor Abbott in a news release. “Texans in at-risk areas are encouraged to remain vigilant, regularly monitor weather conditions, and take necessary safety precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones. I thank all of the brave emergency personnel as they prepare to protect their fellow Texans during this severe weather.”

Storms are most likely to develop Thursday between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Citizens are advised to stay weather aware throughout the day.

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