Wildfires, tornados, floods in one week in Texas
Texans must feel like they're living in an apocalyptic world the past week. Facing a King Ghidorah of natural disasters, the state reported widespread power outages from tornados in Grayson and Jack counties, right on the heels of an initial state of emergency issued by Governor Greg Abbott on March 18 due to wildfires.
The Governor updated citizens on the situation Monday, adding flood preparation protocols:
"Governor Greg Abbott today directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to mobilize state resources in anticipation of severe weather and flash flooding that is expected to impact areas of Texas beginning Monday afternoon into the early morning hours of Tuesday," according to a March 21 statement from the governor's desk. "Threats from the severe storms moving across Central, North, and East Texas could bring large hail, damaging winds, flash flooding, and the potential for tornados. Additionally, the state continues to support firefighting efforts in response to wildfires across Texas."
"In preparation for this severe weather, I have directed TDEM to increase its readiness and place emergency response resources on standby for rapid deployment if needed," said Governor Abbott. "The state will continue monitoring these conditions and is ready to assist local communities affected by these storms. I ask Texans to stay alert and informed of weather developments and heed guidance from local officials."
As storm systems moved across Texas March 22, a likely tornado struck the town of Jacksboro, 90 miles northwest of Dallas.