Low-Pressure System Off Texas Coast Expected to Bring Heavy Rain, Flooding

September 17, 2019

With a low pressure system hovering off the Texas Gulf Coast that the National Hurricane Center could become a tropical depression, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has elevated the state operations center to an increased readiness (level 3) status.

The Texas Division of Emergency Management will have four Texas A&M Task Force One Boat Squads available in Southeast Coastal areas. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will also be moving boats to support the Beaumont area and adjacent regions.

According to the NHC, “a tropical depression could form before the system moves inland later today or tonight, but significant additional development is not likely once the system moves inland.”

Regardless of whether or not it becomes a tropical depression, the NHC said the system will produce heavy rainfall and flooding. “This disturbance is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 5 to 10 inches with isolated maximum totals of 15 inches across the upper coastal region of Texas into far southwest Louisiana through Thursday. This rainfall may produce life-threatening flash floods,” the NHC said in a Tuesday morning update.

Texas state agencies involved in the emergency response effort include the Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Highway Patrol, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Military Department, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, Texas A&M Task Force One and State Mass Care Team.

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