HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Gov. Greg Abbott will provide an update on Texas' response to Hurricane Laura and Tropical Storm Marco Tuesday afternoon.
Abbott is expected to speak with Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd at 1 p.m.
The update comes as several counties in southeast Texas have declared voluntary or mandatory evacuations for residents living in Hurricane Laura's projected path.
President Donald Trump approved Abbott's state of disaster declaration for the state of Texas Monday, ordering federal assistance to supplement state and local response efforts as Tropical Storm Laura's threats loom.
The president's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts.
Abbott is urging Texans to closely monitor weather conditions as many prepare for the possibility of damage and flooding.
In a briefing on Sunday afternoon, Abbott declared a state disaster for 23 counties.
The 23 counties in Texas under the disaster declaration include Aransas, Bexar, Brazoria, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Kenedy, Kleberg, Liberty, Matagorda, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria and Willacy.
"As [tropical weather] approaches the state, Texans should remain vigilant and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and others from heavy rainfall and potential flooding," said Abbott. "The state of Texas is closely monitoring weather conditions and is prepared to respond to any further developments."
Texans are urged to follow these flood preparedness and safety tips during severe weather events: