Governor Abbott places resources on standby ahead of severe weather

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Posted at 9:55 PM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 22:55:58-05

Governor Greg Abbott has placed numerous state resources on standby ahead of severe weather.

Severe weather is expected across the state on Friday, January 9, including in Central Texas.

In a press release, the governor announced state resources has been placed on standby and the State Operations Center has been elevated to Level III (increased readiness) from Level IV (normal conditions.)

The Texas Division of Emergency Management is placing boats, helicopters, rescue teams, medical strike teams, additional law enforcement and volunteer organizations on standby across the region.

"As severe weather approaches the state of Texas, resources have been placed on standby to assist local officials in the event they are needed," said Governor Abbott. "All residents should heed warnings from local officials and pay attention to weather alerts. I ask that all Texans keep those in the storm's path and all of Texas' first responders in their prayers as they deal with the effects of this storm."

25 News has issued a First Alert Weather Day for the potential of hail, strong winds and possibly a few tornadoes.

Timing should start west of I-35 from Hamilton to Lampasas around 3pm. Storms should rapidly strengthen as they approach I-35 around 4-7pm, and continue east from there into the evening hours.

The highest potential for severe weather looks to be from I-35 and points to the east. This is where the highest amounts of moisture and instability will be. We should start to see things calm down after midnight, but showers and a few isolated storms could still be around through Saturday morning.

Governor Abbott is encouraging Texans to follow these safety tips:

  • When severe storms threaten, the safest place to be is indoors.
  • Avoid areas already flooded and avoid any fast-flowing water.
  • Be extremely cautious of any water on roads or in creeks, streams, storm drains, or other areas. Never attempt to cross flowing streams or drive across flooded roadways. Always observe road barricades placed for your protection.
  • Dangerous waters can seem deceptively calm, and if you encounter flooding, move to higher ground.
  • Keep in mind that flood dangers are even harder to recognize at night.
  • Stay informed by monitoring weather radios and news broadcasts for updated information on current and anticipated severe weather.

Download the Storm Shield app to stay First Alert Ready on weather conditions across Central Texas. Storm Shielf can be downloaded through your app store.