NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Next to meteorologists there are emergency management offices across East Texas keeping a close watch on the weather.
Readiness coordinators are already telling East Texans the possibility of significant rainfall and flooding are very possible for an extended period. Preparation is the key word of advice from everyone.
The reds, greens and blues on a gulf coast weather map always catch the attention of Nacogdoches County Emergency Management Coordinator Tara Triana.
“When we have something tropical out in the Gulf, especially when we're expecting a Texas landfall I check it frequently,” said Tara Triana, the emergency management coordinator for Nacogdoches County.
The National Hurricane Center updates their forecasts four times a day for residents and emergency workers to track the progress. Triana takes it one step farther.
"I'm getting updates from different divisions of the Weather Service, from Texas Division of Emergency Management, from our regional advisory council quite often thru the day and trying to process those,” Triana said.
She's learning river advisories remain for a large portion of East Texas.
"Roughly it's a little bit farther than I-35 and then the whole eastern portion of Texas,” Triana said.
On Monday, Triana coordinated city, county, and Red Cross forces to make sure adequate preparations are in order.
"One thing that is unique this year is we've had quite a bit of practice of responding to severe weather events,” Triana said. “It feels like right now it's been a year of rain."
Excessive rain on almost a daily basis is nothing new for East Texans this year, but with a tropical storm approaching it's important to take some additional steps.
"Prepare for possible power outages,” Triana said. “Make sure your family is taken care of and you have food and water for a couple of days, just in case."
So far no requests have been made by coastal counties to have shelters on standby, but Triana said Nacogdoches County is ready to help out if needed.
For other tips on disaster preparedness, you can click this link for information about a readiness kit. You can also click this link for the National Weather Service's Hurricane Center.