Texas has become the epicenter of a national emergency in the wake of wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of homes and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott and his top aides have repeatedly blamed the state’s rapidly warming weather conditions for the state becoming “all-Out” in a nationwide emergency declaration issued Thursday.
The proclamation issued by Abbott called for the “national emergency” to be extended to areas of Texas that are experiencing “record-high temperatures and extreme rainfall” and has been used by governors across the country to declare major emergencies.
Abbott said in the statement that Texas is now experiencing a “record” amount of extreme weather, and the state is already experiencing “unprecedented flooding.”
“These extreme conditions are impacting our communities, our economy, our infrastructure and our communities’ ability to function,” he said.
“The state is seeing record amounts of heat-related fatalities, including the deaths of four people from heat-caused heat-stroke.”
Abbott has used the declaration to declare an emergency and has made no public comments on the severity of the emergency.