Watch Live: Tornado Warning until 12:15 p.m. for Hempstead and Praire View areas

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HOUSTON — The storm prediction center says areas west and southwest of Houston have a slight risk of seeing severe weather Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

As of 12 p.m. a Tornado Warning is in effect for the Hempstead and Prairie View areas.

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The primary hazard will be damaging winds, large hail and an isolated tornado. Heavy rain is also possible.

As of 10:50 a.m. storms capable of producing a tornado were showing up on the radar southwest of Columbus.

For most of the Houston area, however, the weather will likely not be severe. Most totals should be between 1-3 inches with isolated amounts up to 4. If that happens in a quick period of time there could be a few high water spots by late tonight or early tomorrow morning. View the complete weather timeline at the bottom of this article.

KHOU 11 Meteorologist Chita Craft says our chance for rain and thunderstorms ramps up starting after lunchtime Friday and again early Saturday morning thanks to a weak front pushing through Texas.

Chita says most areas will see up an inch of rain, but isolated downpours could get up to four inches.

Here are the details…


FRIDAY AM – Partly cloudy, in the mid-70s. Only a very slight rain chance.

FRIDAY PM –  Chance for rain and storms increases, starting from the west, starting between noon and 1 p.m. 80 percent rain chance. In the low-80s in the afternoon. Rain lets up for the evening hours before moving back in for the overnight hours.

SATURDAY AM – 50 percent rain chance in the early-morning hours until about lunchtime. Low-70s. Thunderstorms possible. 24-hour rainfall totals could be up to four inches in some areas, which means some street flooding is not out of the question Friday into Saturday.

SATURDAY PM – Rain chance drops after the early afternoon, partly cloudy. Low to mid-80s.

SUNDAY – Very slight rain chance in the morning, partly cloudy. High temps near 90 degrees. A little sunshine possible.

NEXT WEEK – Slight rain chance Monday before more widespread showers and storsm return Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.