New hurricane warnings are in effect for parts of Texas and Louisiana as Hurricane Harvey approaches, with Texas Governor Greg Abbott calling for the state to deploy more personnel to areas hardest hit by the Category 4 storm.
In the Gulf of Mexico, Texas Gov.
Greg Abbott said Friday the state is preparing to deploy additional personnel to Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, according to a statement from the governor’s office.
The declaration is expected to help Texans prepare for the storm, Abbott said.
“The governor has been making the call to deploy extra resources to help our state prepare for this potentially catastrophic hurricane, but now that we’re near landfall, we have the capacity to do more,” he said.
“This is the first step in the process to make sure our state is prepared for this unprecedented event.”
The U.S. National Weather Service issued hurricane warnings for parts, including the Houston area, and a flood watch for parts and portions of Louisiana.
Hurricane Harvey is moving toward the Texas coast and could bring at least 5 to 10 inches of rain to parts of Houston, where the storm is forecast to move through the region on Saturday, according the National Hurricane Center.