Sep. 17, 2019

HOUSTON WEATHER ALERT

 

ALERTHOUSTON
Flash Flood Watch Issued for Houston Through Wednesday Afternoon
 
 
Weather Information
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Houston from 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, through 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18.  This means conditions are favorable for flooding to occur.
 
According to the NWS, widespread rainfall by Wednesday morning will average between 1 and 3 inches, with isolated totals between 4 and 6 inches possible in areas where training of storms develops. The Flash Flood Watch will probably need to be extended through Wednesday night over parts of Southeast Texas.
 
 
La Oficina de Manejo de Emergencias de la Ciudad de Houston está monitoreando una perturbación tropical en el noroeste del Golfo de México que se espera que traiga fuertes lluvias a nuestra región de martes a jueves, con el potencial de inundaciones repentinas.
 
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Protective Actions
Be Prepared.  People should bring their pets inside and delay travel or outdoor activities during periods of heavy rainfall.  If travel is unavoidable, reduce your speed to avoid hydroplaning.  
 
If a Flash Flood Warning is issued for your area, DO NOT travel.  
 
Property owners should ensure that street drains and ditches are clear of debris, so storm water can flow without obstructions. Blockages of drains, ditches, and culverts are the most frequent cause of flooding in neighborhoods.
 
Secure items that might float away in heavy rain and become lodged in drains or culverts. Avoid street parking to protect your vehicle and allow clear passage for response vehicles.
 
Turn Around, Don't Drown®:  Do not drive through flooded areas.  If you see water covering the road, do not attempt to cross it.  Only a few inches of water can float a vehicle . If you find yourself in a dangerous situation where your vehicle is taking on water, get out of the vehicle, get to a higher position, and call 911.   
 
Monitor Official Sources for Current Information:  Harris County Flood Warning System (harriscountyfws.org), Houston TranStar (houstontranstar.org), and the National Weather Service Houston/Galveston Forecast Office (weather.gov/hgx).
 
Monitor Stream, Bayou, and Creek Conditions:  Rain may move repeatedly across the same area, causing creeks and bayous to rise and possibly exceed their banks.  Stay informed of current conditions and avoid traveling near creeks and bayous.
 
Avoid Traveling during Periods of Heavy Rain:  Rain can reduce visibility and prevent you from seeing the road ahead, which could lead to accidents.