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Emergency Responders on High Alert in Texas Ahead of Severe Weather

© AFP 2021In this April 18, 2016 a view of flooded streets in the Kelliwood Park neighborhood of Katy, Texas.
In this April 18, 2016 a view of flooded streets in the Kelliwood Park neighborhood of Katy, Texas. - Sputnik International
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Emergency responders in the US state of Texas will be on heightened alert ahead of severe weather expected over the weekend, Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement on Friday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The current forecast for the state includes the possibility of flash floods, severe thunderstorms, strong winds and hail as well as dangerous river flooding. The governor’s office noted that weather pattern may be "unstable and unpredictable" throughout the weekend.

"As a result of this directive, representatives from various state agencies have reported to the SOC [State Operations Center] and will continue coordinating the state's response to this weather event," the governor stated.

The governor deployed state resources, including rescue teams, to areas most likely to be impacted by the weather.

A local official reported on Friday significant flooding already taking place in Harris County, noting that numerous roads and bridges are impassable.

Earlier in May, five people were killed in major flooding in the city of Palestine.

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