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Gov. Abbott issues disaster declaration ahead of approaching tropical disturbance

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Posted at 12:56 PM, Sep 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-14 13:56:11-04

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued a disaster declaration for almost 80 counties that may be impacted by an approaching tropical disturbance.

Abbott has also ordered the Texas State Operations Center to increase its readiness level to level II, escalating response conditions.

"The tropical disturbance impacting the Texas coast poses a threat of imminent disaster, including severe flooding, property damage and potential loss of life," said Governor Abbott. "While we stand ready to deploy state resources to assist local officials in their response efforts, it is critical that all Texans in the storm’s path are prepared to ensure their own safety."

Texas A&M University - Galveston has canceled classes ahead of the severe weather, instructing those on campus to shelter-in-place until further notice.

The counties included are:

  • Aransas
  • Atascosa
  • Austin
  • Bandera
  • Bastrop
  • Bee
  • Bexar
  • Blanco
  • Brazoria
  • Brazos
  • Brooks
  • Burleson
  • Burnet
  • Caldwell
  • Calhoun
  • Cameron
  • Chambers
  • Colorado
  • Comal
  • DeWitt
  • Dimmit
  • Duval
  • Edwards
  • Fayette
  • Fort Bend
  • Frio
  • Galveston
  • Gillespie
  • Goliad
  • Gonzales
  • Grimes
  • Guadalupe
  • Harris
  • Hays
  • Hidalgo
  • Jackson
  • Jim Hogg
  • Jim Wells
  • Karnes
  • Kendall
  • Kenedy
  • Kerr
  • Kinney
  • Kleberg
  • La Salle
  • Lavaca
  • Lee
  • Liberty
  • Live Oak
  • Llano
  • Madison
  • Matagorda
  • Maverick
  • McMullen
  • Medina
  • Montogomery
  • Nueces
  • Polk
  • Real
  • Refugio
  • San Jacinto
  • San Patricio
  • Starr
  • Travis
  • Trinity
  • Uvalde
  • Val Verde
  • Victoria
  • Walker
  • Waller
  • Washington
  • Webb
  • Wharton
  • Willacy
  • Williamson
  • Wilson
  • Zapata
  • Zavala

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