TX Gov. Abbott deploys resources, including helicopters & water rescue teams, to North Texas

Governor Greg Abbott today deployed numerous state resources to the North Texas area and other locations in anticipation of additional severe weather expected to hit our region through Friday.

State agencies involved in the emergency response effort include the Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas A&M Texas Task Force 1, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas State Guard, and the Texas Military Department. The following resources have been deployed or are on standby ready for rapid deployment:

  • 13 Water Rescue Boats and Crews
  • 6 Helicopters with Hoisting Capability
  • 30 High Profile Vehicles
  • 8 Ambulance Buses
  • 8 Ambulance Strike Teams
  • 1 Type One Mobile Medical Unit
  • 8 Medical Incident Support Teams
  • 1 Task Force Leader
Swift water rescue teams prepare for possible flooding (Photo: Fort Worth FD)

Current forecasts indicate heavy rainfall and flash flooding with this storm system, as well as a potential for damaging winds, hail, river flooding and tornadoes across the state this week. While these storms may be widespread, the North Texas is expected to see some of the most severe weather.

As for the immediate DFW Metroplex – there is a Flash Flood WATCH in effect for North Texas through 7pm CDT Thursday, May 2nd. Rainfall amounts of 2-4 inches, with isolated amounts up to 6 inches possible. There is an enhanced threat of severe weather in North Texas, including DFW, tonight and into Thursday. The best chances for severe weather are this evening. There is a threat of heavy rain from this evening through Friday evening.

It has already been an active weather week here in DFW. The NWS confirmed a brief tornado touchdown in Denton on Tuesday evening and are assessing additional areas of damage. As seen in the image below, a large tree was blown over by a possible tornado, severely impacting a residence. Remember to stay updated on the forecast and follow DFW Scanner during severe weather situations for critical information and rapid alerts.

Tornado damage in Denton. (Photo: @SoonerTom on Twitter)