Texas governor says state is preparing for storm

Motorists react in New Orleans react as the intersection at Franklin Ave. and 610 floods after a severe thunderstorm Wednesday, July 10, 2019. A storm swamped streets in New Orleans and prompted a tornado warning near the city Wednesday as concerns grew that even worse weather is on the way to Louisiana and other states along the Gulf of Mexico. (Max Becherer/The Advocate via AP)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says officials are gearing up for a storm moving across the Gulf that could evolve into a hurricane and affect large swaths of the state’s eastern region this weekend.

The storm system that has already swamped streets in New Orleans could draw more than 10 inches of rain in regions north of the Houston area and east Texas.

Abbott said at a Wednesday news conference that Texas has mobilized several departments ahead of the growing storm’s expected landfall.

The governor said that includes activating the Texas Task Force 1 with four high-water rescue boat squads ready and having nearly 700 Department of Public Safety officers on standby for possible deployment.

Louisiana and Mississippi are also making preparations for heavy rain and possible flooding.