Tropical Depression Harvey has formed in the Gulf of Mexico, Possibly Reaching Texas Coast by Friday
What is the danger?
Tropical Depression Harvey has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and will likely reach the Texas coast by Friday, bringing heavy rainfall and dangerous flooding to our area.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), Tropical Storm and Hurricane Watches are in effect for most of the Texas coast. Harris County and surrounding areas may be subject to significant tropical weather impacts.
What you need to do:
The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) has moved to Level 3 (Increased Readiness) and has activated the Emergency Operations Center. HCOHSEM will continue to monitor forecasts and weather developments along with the National Weather Service and the Harris County Flood Control District.
Based on the current forecast, HCOHSEM strongly encourages residents to monitor the forecast daily and review their family’s emergency plan. For a check list of what items you should have as part of your emergency essentials kit, click here.
It is important to find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone. Residents of Harris County and the surrounding region can do this with just a few simple clicks! View our interactive Zip-Zone Evacuation Map, enter your address and the map will immediately show you whether you are in a mandatory evacuation zone. In the event of a hurricane evacuation, they will be ordered by zip code. There are no evacuation orders at this time.
Know the NWS terms:
Flood Watch: Be Prepared: A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.
Flash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area move immediately to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.
Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.
In the event of severe flooding, remember these 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.
Download HCOHSEM's ReadyHarris mobile app. The free app puts the power to build a personalized preparedness plan in the palm of your hand and is available for both Apple and Android devices.
Where you can learn more:
Forecasts: National Weather Service Houston-Galveston
National Hurricane Center
Flood Safety: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Harris County Flood Control District: Flood Warning System