Governor Abbott Warns Texas Of Tropical Storm Cristobal

Chris Fox
June 05, 2020 - 4:47 pm

    AUSTIN (KRLD) - Governor Greg Abbott Friday delivered an update on Tropical Storm Cristobal, a weather formation in the Gulf expected to regain strength and potentially make landfall Sunday in Louisiana with possible impact to parts of deep east Texas. Abbott said, “Right now it is categorized as a likely tropical storm. There is the possibility that as it goes across the hot waters of the Gulf coast, that it could turn into a hurricane. That's not the current prognostication. It is a possibility.”

    Abbott says Cristobal will most likely be a “very heavy rain event” when it makes landfall in the Gulf Coast sometime on Sunday. “We are urging residents in the most likely affected regions, deep East Texas, residents who live within a 50-mile distance of the Sabine River, to be prepared for evacuation. There could be rising water coming up and there could be short notice for evacuation. And we don't know right now what may be needed.” 

    “The State of Texas is taking comprehensive action to prepare for Tropical Storm Cristobal and any potential storms or hurricanes that may impact the Lone Star State,” said Abbott. State agencies involved in the response effort include the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Military Department, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas A&M Engineering and Extension Service, Texas A&M Task Force One and State Mass Care Team, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

    “In addition, our state agencies are working strategically to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 while keeping Texans safe during this storm and future storms,” said Abbott. “I urge residents of Deep East Texas to take the necessary precautions and heed the guidance of local officials."