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Severe Weather Potential Starting Sunday

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February 17, 2017

Severe Weather Potential Starting Sunday

What is the danger?

There’s a potential for severe weather in Harris County starting as early as Sunday and continuing into next week. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), widespread rainfall amounts of 2-3 inches are possible, with isolated areas receiving up to 6 inches. High hourly rainfall rates could lead to flash flooding.

What you should do:

Residents are encouraged to monitor local media for weather information, particularly before heading out on Monday morning. 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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