Flood advisory for Houston area as Hurricane Florence heads for East Coast

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While Hurricane Florence draws nearer to the East Coast, the Houston area is under a flood advisory Sunday afternoon.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to pepper the metro area for the remainder of the day, according to the National Weather Service. The strongest storms have been whipping up heavy rain, 35 to 40 mile per hour gusts and small hail.

The wet weather sparked a flood advisory for northeastern Fort Bend County, northwestern Chambers County, northern Brazoria County and central Harris County.

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If multiple storms pass over the same area, localized flooding is possible – and forecasters warned of the possibility of a flash flood watch Monday and Tuesday, when more storms are expected. But, despite the nasty weather, Houstonians will not see a tropical storm system in the coming days.

Though the last bout of bad weather – dubbed Tropical Storm Gordon – did not directly impact south Texas, heavy rain fell here over the Labor Day weekend, causing downpours from Freeport to Galveston.

One of the island’s main thoroughfares flooded and in the tourist-area of The Strand, businesses closed until the water subsided.

Lomi Kriel contributed to this story.