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Fayette County prepares for possible tropical storm-force winds amid Nicholas; schools on normal schedule for now

One to two inches of rain is possible in Fayette County.

LA GRANGE, Texas — Fayette County is under a Tropical Storm Watch as Tropical Storm Nicholas moves along the Texas coast toward Louisiana.

The latest forecast shows that the heaviest rain and the main flood threat will be along the Texas coast and southeast Texas, with lower totals across Central Texas. However, if the track shifts westward, higher rainfall totals and flood potential will be possible in Central Texas, especially east of Austin.  

One to two inches of rain are possible in Fayette County.

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Craig Moreau, the chief of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and emergency management coordinator for Fayette County, said they are preparing for what they expect to be beneficial rain so far. He said additional rain will help reduce the risk of wildfires.

If the storm stalls over Fayette County, however, Moreau said flooding will be a concern. In preparation for that possibility, he said the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in Fayette County is on standby and that the County is in close contact with the Red Cross and fire chiefs in the area.

CERT is a team of 10 volunteers that formed earlier this summer to help first responders during severe weather situations. 

"We are trained and ready for this. Our county and Operations and Emergency management team has us well prepared should we become activated," said Tessy Braun, a member of CERT.

Braunt said CERT has water, food and first-aid items readily available. Should the community get hit by severe weather, Braunt asks that the community only call 911 if it is an emergency so dispatch does not get overwhelmed with calls.

Anyone looking to learn more regarding road conditions and flooding should visit drivetexas.org.

School is always top of mind for parents ahead of weather events.

Bill Wagner, the superintendent at La Grange ISD, said that as of now, they plan to finish out the school day Monday. They are in contact with Fayette Emergency Management which will update them if school schedules need to change, but they anticipate a full school day.

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