May 09, 2019 16:33:37 UTC
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AlertHouston | Flash Flood Watch Issued for Houston Through Saturday

ALERTHOUSTON
Flash Flood Watch Issued for Houston Through Saturday

Weather Information
From 1 p.m. Thursday, May 9, through the evening of Saturday, May 11, the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Houston. This means conditions are favorable for flooding to occur.

Multiple rounds of heavy rainfall are anticipate through the watch period. The first round of storms could occur later this afternoon through Friday morning as a front moves through the area. A second round of storms could occur late Friday into Saturday evening. 

Forecasted rainfall totals estimate about 5-8 inches widespread, with isolated 9-12 inches possible through the weekend. Soils remain saturated from previous rainfall over
the past few days. Any additional rainfall should run off quickly and cause flooding.

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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.  

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.



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