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Texas governor issues disaster declaration ahead of Tropical Storm Alberto

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (Republican) A disaster declaration was issued The state is bracing for the year’s first tropical storm, which is set to make landfall in the southern part of the state on Wednesday, and tropical storm-force rains are expected to make landfall near northern Mexico on Thursday.

Tropical Storm Alberto will bring strong winds and heavy rain to South Texas over the next few days, possibly causing flooding along much of the Gulf Coast, the National Weather Service (NWS) warned.

Governor Abbott said state officials are dedicating significant resources to help residents prepare for the storm and urged Texans to remain vigilant as weather conditions change.

The storm had sustained winds of about 40 mph as of Wednesday afternoon and is expected to make landfall just south of the U.S.-Mexico border early Thursday, according to the NWS.

Major Texas cities could get up to 5 inches of rain, causing dangerous flooding, according to the Hurricane Prediction Center, and the NWS said there was a “high chance” of flash flooding in South Texas near the storm’s borders.

AccuWeather hurricane forecaster Alex DaSilva said current conditions in the Gulf of Mexico are “nearly ideal” for a tropical storm.

“Water temperatures are extremely high – essentially bathtub temperature across much of the Atlantic Basin – and will continue to get warmer,” he said in a statement. “The region and coastline are shaped like a bowl, which could actually help induce rotation. This area has seen tropical development for many years.”

Alberto is the first of many tropical storms likely to form this year, with forecasters predicting a “very active” hurricane season.

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