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Flash Flood Watch — January 8

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Screenshot from the AlertHouston website.

Be careful over the next few days!

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Houston until midnight Thursday. A storm with the potential to bring heavy rainfall and powerful winds, and the possibility of tornadoes will begin impacting the City sometime Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday.

What’s going to happen?

The main threats from this storm system are:

  • Flooding: 2-4 inches of rain is expected, with some areas receiving 4-7 inches.
  • Damaging Winds: High winds which can blow down trees, and cause damage to utility poles.
  • Tornadoes: With the threat of high winds, comes the possibility of isolated tornadoes, mainly late Tuesday night and Wednesday.

What can I do to be safe?

  • Have a way to stay informed. One way is to get a NOAA Weather Alert Radio for you and your family.
  • Avoid driving in high water.  Only 12 inches of water can begin moving a car downstream.  Vehicles may also stall in high water, causing you to be trapped  until help arrives.
    Remember, Turn Around – Don’t Drown
  • If a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning is issued for your area, take cover in an interior room with no windows until the storm passes.
  • Be prepared to be without power for some time as crews work to repair damaged lines.

How do I find out more?

Be sure to report any severe weather impact such as debris in the roadway and flooding to Houston 311 (311 or 713.837.0311).

Report power outages to CenterPoint Energy by calling 713.207.2222.

I hate driving in the rain.

About Sandra Fernandez

Sandra Fernandez is a professional communicator, tech enthusiast, book lover, and blogger. You can find her main blog at SandraSays.com and more of her writing at HispanicHouston.com.

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