LUBBOCK, Texas — On Tuesday, Governor Greg Abbott placed state resources on standby for inclement weather that was expected to impact portions of the state Tuesday night though Wednesday.
On Wednesday, an arriving cold front will bring strong gusty wind, blowing dust and an elevated fire weather danger.
A High Wind Watch was in effect for Wednesday across the northern half of the South Plains and the Rolling Plains, including Lubbock.
Elsewhere, portions of the Texas Panhandle face the threat of blizzard conditions on Wednesday. Northern, central and eastern Texas are under a threat for strong to severe thunderstorms.
The following is a news release from the Office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott:
Governor Abbott today [Tuesday] placed numerous resources on standby in preparation for heavy rainfall, flash flooding, and damaging winds that are expected in North, Central, and East Texas this evening through tomorrow morning. Blizzard-like conditions are also possible in the Panhandle.
“With heavy rain, high winds, and blizzard conditions expected in parts of the state overnight, Texans should be cautious of flood risks and potential damage from this weather event,” said Governor Abbott. “The resources I have rostered will help our communities prepare and respond to any emergencies that arise during these storms.”
The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) has rostered the following resources in preparation to support request from local officials:
Texas A&M Forest Service: Saw Crews and Incident Management Teams
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (Texas A&M Task Force One and Texas Task Force Two): Boat Squads and Type 3 Urban Search and Rescue Packages
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Texas Game Warden Boat Teams
Texas Department of State Health Services: Texas Emergency Medical Task Force Severe Weather Packages
Texas Department of Public Safety: Helicopters with Hoist Capability
Texas Department of Transportation: Crews Pretreating Roadways and Maintaining 24 Hour Operations.
Texans are urged to follow these flood preparedness and safety tips during severe weather events:
Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
Build an emergency supply kit. For more information on how to build a kit, visit: https://www.ready.gov/kit
Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. Homeowner’s policies do not cover flooding. It typically takes up to 30 days for a policy to go into effect so the time to buy is well before a disaster. Get flood coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.
Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.
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 and always observe road barricades placed for your protection. Remember, Turn Around Don’t Drown.
For more flood safety tips, visit ready.gov.