Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration Sept. 14 for several counties, including Hays County, ahead of the approaching tropical disturbance.
In the declaration, Abbott stated he authorizes the use of all available resources of state government to cope with the disaster. The affected counties are Aransas, Atascosa, Austin, Bandera, Bastrop, Bee, Bexar, Blanco, Brazoria, Brazos, Brooks, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Colorado, Comal, DeWitt, Dimmitt, Duval, Edwards, Fayette, Fort Bend, Frio, Galveston, Gillespie, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Guadalupe, Harris, Hays, Hidalgo, Jackson, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kendall, Kenedy, Kerr, Kinney, Kleberg, La Salle, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Live Oak, Llano, Madison, Matagorda, Maverick, McMullen, Medina, Montgomery, Nueces, Polk, Real, Refugio, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Starr, Travis, Trinity, Uvalde, Val Verde, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Washington, Webb, Wharton, Willacy, Williamson, Wilson, Zapata, and Zavala counties.
The City of San Marcos issued a flood watch for Friday and Saturday, with some minor flooding expected. WeatherGuidance, the City of San Marcos’ weather monitoring service, forecasted a tropical weather system in the Gulf of Mexico, which will bring the showers and scattered thunderstorms through central Texas Friday afternoon into Saturday morning.
The total rainfall is expected to average around one to two inches for most areas, with a localized two to three inches in some areas. National Weather Service meteorologist Paul Yura said there is a threat of flooding in low-lying and poor-drainage areas because of recent heavy rains.
“We are issuing a flood watch over the next couple of days, mostly starting Friday through Saturday due to a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico which could bring increase rainfall,” Paul Yura. “We can expect around 2-4 inches of rain but it can go over that in some isolated areas. We are also issuing a threat of flooding, so we have to pay attention to creeks and low water areas.”