Severe Weather Possible Friday Evening
What is the danger?
The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting the potential for severe weather across portions of Harris County this afternoon through the evening hours. The primary threats from thunderstorms this afternoon through tonight include high winds, large hail, and possible street flooding in low lying areas during the rush hour commute. Central Harris County and central Houston could have greater impacts than initially forecasted this morning.
The NWS predicts that storms are expected to develop southwest of the Houston metro area between 3-6 p.m. Additional thunderstorms are expected to develop and move across Houston in the 5-8 p.m. time frame. The bulk of the thunderstorm activity clearing the region 12-2 a.m. on Saturday.
What you need to do:
Residents should monitor local media and the National Weather Service (NWS) for weather updates throughout the weekend. Various watches and warnings may be issued by NWS as conditions change. Residents should follow all safety instructions in these messages.
In the event of street flooding, remember “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” Driving through high water or around barricades on flooded roadways or underpasses can lead to death!
Basic Flood Safety Tips
- Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ® DO NOT DRIVE through high water and DO NOT DRIVE AROUND BARRICADES! Just 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
- DO NOT WALK through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down.
- If your home floods, STAY THERE. You are safer at home than trying to navigate flooded streets on foot.
- If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is NOT MOVING, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter MOVING water.
- STAY AWAY from streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
- MOVE important items – especially important documents like insurance policies - to the highest possible floor. This will help protect them from flood damage.
- DISCONNECT electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.
Where you can learn more?
Forecasts: National Weather Service
Local Traffic: Houston TranStar
Preparedness & Emergency Information: www.readyharris.org
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