Houston-area under flash flood watch starting at noon today

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Starting at noon today, much of southeast Texas will be under a flash flood watch as severe storms threaten to bring up to 10 inches of rainfall in some isolated parts of the region.

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Forecasters say the worst of the storm will be overnight into Saturday morning, but the rain is expected to start in a few hours. Houston residents have been urged to stay home if possible. At least 2 to 5 inches is expected with 8 to 10 inches in some areas.

“Wherever that possibly happens, we’re going to see some rises of bayous,” Francisco Sánchez, the county’s deputy emergency management coordinator, told the Houston Chronicle Thursday. “But the biggest threat we have right now is with lower amounts of rain, we’re going to see some high water and dangerous driving conditions.”

There is also a possibility of isolated tornadoes and damaging winds near the coast, the weather service said. The flood watch will expire noon Saturday, with the sun starting to peak out in the Houston area on Sunday.

View the slideshow to see the streets that have historically been the most prone to flooding.

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