Harvey was declared a tropical storm in Texas on Sunday and officials are urging people to stay away from rivers, streams and ponds that could flood in the next couple days.
“The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an advisory to the general public and commercial areas for areas that are at risk from flooding,” Texas Department of State Health Services said in a statement.
“This advisory is being issued at the request of the Texas Department for Health Services (TDSS).
We are coordinating with TDSS to ensure that these areas remain safe.
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The advisory is for a limited time, and may be suspended or revoked at any time during the flood season.”
Greg Abbott also issued an emergency declaration, warning people to avoid high water and floodwaters.
He tweeted that “the threat of flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey is not over yet.
We must act to prepare and prepare for its impacts.”
The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch for parts of Texas and Louisiana on Sunday, warning “more intense rainfall and high surf” could threaten communities in the areas of Houston and Corpus Christi.
The agency said the storm was expected to weaken by Monday and will likely make landfall somewhere between the coast of Texas, the Bahamas and the Carolinas.
The NWS has said Harvey will be a “major threat” in the future and said that the storm is “moving west-northwest” toward the Gulf of Mexico.
It’s forecast to move into the Gulf Coast on Tuesday.
The storm has made landfall on land in the central and eastern US and was reported by several states as a Category 1 hurricane.