Members of the Emergency Operation Center met Friday to prepare for heavy rainfall, gale force winds and possible isolated tornadoes as Hurricane Patricia makes landfall.
Jim Wells County is expected rain from 2 to 5 inches beginning Saturday evening into Sunday morning.
The EOC team was part of a conference call with Meteorologist John Metz with the Corpus Christi National Weather Service.
"Tomorrow (Saturday) and tomorrow night is the main event," Metz said over the conference call with emergency officials throughout the state.
Metz said Nueces and Corpus Christi area might get up to 7 inches of rain with a cold front coming in Sunday morning.
JWC Emergency Management director Lynn Kirchoff said the EOC would be activated if needed.
"If we have flooding and rescues that need to be done, we can open EOC," he said. "I think we will probably be okay."
Sheriff Oscar Lopez agreed.
"We just have to stay in touch and communicate," Lopez said.
Kirchoff encourages residents to watch their local news and be informed.
"It's very important that the residents watch the weather...we've got to take it really serious," he said. "They need to listen and understand what's going on."