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Texas Gov. Abbott on Storm: 'The Time to Get Out is Now'

Texas Gov. Abbott on Storm: 'The Time to Get Out is Now'
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By    |   Friday, 25 August 2017 11:59 AM

Hurricane Harvey has taken on "new and worsening conditioning" over the past 24 to 48 hours, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday morning, and now there is an "urgent need for people to evacuate as quickly as possible."

"If you live in a low-lying area where officials have given a declaration that you must evacuate, there is still time to get out," Abbott told Fox News' "Happening Now" program. "A couple of days ago, Texans assumed this was not going to be all that severe, and not too many people evacuated."

The roads, though, are getting crowded, as there are more people evacuating from areas where the storm surge is expected to hit, said Abbott.

"The rain bands will be coming down," the governor said. "It will be very, very difficult for you to evacuate more than six or 10 or 12 hours from now. The time to get out is now, understanding that your life is far more important than your property."

Abbott said Texas has prepared "very diligently" for the arrival of Hurricane Harvey, and has assets and resources across the region where the storm will strike.

"We are very well organized and we have coordinated with the federal government, with FEMA, with Homeland Security and even with the president," Abbott said. "We are prepared for this."

However, there are two serious problems, the governor said.

"One, because the storm is going to stall over Texas, and may come in, go out, and come in again," said Abbott. "The rainfall is going to be far greater, the flooding will be very dramatic and it's going to cause problems for many, many days."

He said he also is concerned because not many people have yet evacuated.

"There will be people stranded on an island and other places without power, without food, without any type of necessities for days on end," Abbott said. "If you evacuate, if you're listening to this, if you're in a low-lying region, if you can't evacuate, you should try to evacuate in the next few hours."

Abbott said there are many Texans who have said they will not evacuate, as they did not leave the last time there was a hurricane coming in.

"For one, they didn't think this was going to be that serious of a storm, but for another, they've been through these before so they think they don't need to evacuate," the governor said. "What they cannot predict right now is the magnitude of the rain that will be coming down in the ability for them to either be trapped or completely inundated by this wall of water."

People in the line of the storm "need to recognize it's only one life they have, and they need to use that life to get out of harm's way," Abbott stressed. "There are so many places they can go to immediately in San Antonio, and Austin, and Dallas. If they're going to protect their life, they need to take their life into their own hands right now."

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Hurricane Harvey has taken on "new and worsening conditioning" over the past 24 to 48 hours, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday morning, and now there is an "urgent need for people to evacuate as quickly as possible."
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