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Abbott to raise readiness for tropical disturbance to 2nd highest level

AUSTIN (KXAN) — In preparation for the incoming tropical disturbance, Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered the Texas State Operations Center to increase its readiness to level II — escalated response conditions.

The tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico continues to make its way for the Texas coast. On Tuesday, Abbott increased the SOC's readiness from level IV, normal conditions, to level III, increased readiness.

"Texans are urged to continue preparing for the tropical disturbance headed toward the Texas coast and expected to make landfall at the end of the week," Abbott said in a press release.

Gov. Abbott also made it clear that state resources will be made available to assist local authorities in response efforts. 

The change to level II readiness will take place Thursday at 7 a.m.

Texans are reminded to take precautions now to prepare for the impact of this weather event, including:

  • 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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