Waco, TX – According to the state officials, severe weather is expected to impact large portions of the state, including areas of North, Central, and South Texas and is expected to move into East Texas on Friday.
Threats include large hail, damaging winds, possible tornadoes, and the potential for heavy rain resulting in flash flooding.
Additionally, elevated fire weather is forecast in West and Northwest Texas Friday afternoon through the weekend.
At the Governor’s direction, the Texas Division of Emergency Management has the following state resources on standby to support severe weather response operations if conditions warrant:
- Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (Texas A&M Task Force 1 and Texas Task Force 2): Urban search and rescue teams, swiftwater boat squads
- Texas A&M Forest Service: Saw crews, Incident Management Teams
- Texas Department of Public Safety: Helicopters with hoist capability, Texas Highway Patrol Tactical Marine Unit
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Game Wardens and boat teams
- Texas Department of Transportation: High profile vehicles
- Texas Department of State Health Services: Texas Emergency Medical Task Force Severe Weather Packages
- Public Utility Commission of Texas: Power outage monitoring and coordinating with utility providers
- Texas Commission on Environmental Quality: Air/water/wastewater monitoring