Gov. Abbott issues State Disaster Declaration for 23 Texas counties for Hurricane Marco, tropical storm Laura

'It is incredibly important for everybody who could be in the pathway of these storms to constantly head all local warnings.'

AUSTIN, Texas – Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a State Disaster Declaration for 23 Texas counties, including Bexar County, in response to Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura.

The declaration was issued Sunday during a press briefing on the state’s response to the storms.

The governor also announced during the briefing that he is requesting President Trump to issue an emergency declaration for all 23 Texas counties in an effort to meet critical protection requirements, which include evacuation and shelter for residents.

The counties include: Aransas, Bexar, Brazoria, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Kenedy, Kleberg, Liberty, Matagorda, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, and Willacy.

Gov. Abbott said the state is ready to take precautions as needed to keep Texans safe from the storms.

“As Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura approach Texas, the state is taking necessary precautions to protect our communities and keep Texans safe,” said Governor Abbott in a release. “I urge Texans in the path of these storms to plan ahead and heed the guidance of their local officials. The State of Texas is working with local and federal partners to monitor these storms and provide the resources our communities need to respond.”

As of early Sunday afternoon, Marco was declared a Category 1 Hurricane. Marco is in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, according to KSAT 12 meteorologists.

The latest track from the National Hurricane Center has Marco maintaining its Category 1 Hurricane status through Monday. The storm is expected to make landfall on the Louisiana coast Monday afternoon or evening.

To read the full disaster declaration, click here.

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