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Live updates: Gulf storm is approaching US coast

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott urges residents to be prepared for a possible hurricane.

"It is impossible right now to know exactly how serious this storm will be and exactly where it will go," he said at a news conference today.

Abbott stopped several maps prepared by the National Weather Service showing various tracks.

"With probabilities, with the best guesses right now, regions north of the Houston area that go up into East Texas can receive as much as, if not more than 10 inches of rain," he said.

He went on to say that the state is preparing in advance for the storm and probably the flood that comes with it. This also includes getting emergency teams ready with high-profile vehicles and boats, as well as calling Texas agencies that have equipment such as sawmills, rescue aircraft, and basic search and rescue teams.

"If you are preparing for the worst, you will be in a situation where you will be able to get far better at last," Abbott said. "Start preparing your property. Begin preparing your supplies. Start preparing your communication lines for your family members. Start preparing yourself to know exactly where you want to go if you need to evacuate."

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