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What may be the first tropical system of the 2019 hurricane season will likely bring a drenching to Wharton County today and tomorrow.

The disturbance in the southwestern Gulf remains disorganized as it drifts slowly northwest near the Mexican Coast, putting this area on the far dirty side of a weather system that is not anticipated to strengthen greatly, but will generate rain – lots of it.

“Very heavy rain is possible in some locations, near two to three inches per hour. Rainfall totals are forecast to be near three to five inches, but some places may receive 10+ inches,” Wharton County Emergency Management Coordinator Andy Kirkland said.

Rain was anticipated to start yesterday, peaking in intensity today before slowly tapering off by early Friday.

“This disturbance is not forecast to become a hurricane but may bring heavy rain to our area,” Kirkland said.

The relatively small storm is yet another reminder that now is the time to prepare for hurricane season which runs through the end of November.

“I urge Texans to heed all warnings from local and state officials, and to ensure they have a plan in place to protect their loved ones and their property in the event of a hurricane,” Governor Greg Abbott said in a press release issued Monday.

To prepare for storms, residents should:

• Assemble an emergency kit that includes essential documents, supplies and provisions.

• Review hurricane evacuation maps, and select a route for you and your family.

• Plan how all family members and pets will evacuate safely.

• Consider any special needs for individuals with disabilities or the elderly.

• Follow the instructions of local officials if a storm develops.

If you or someone you know might need assistance during a disaster, register now with the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR) — a free registry that provides local emergency planners and responders with information about the needs. To register, dial 2-1-1 or 877-541-7905 for community resources.

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