- A look at how summer storms create localized damaging winds
- Tornadoes spur injuries, damage in eastern Pennsylvania
- Wisconsin storms bring 3 tornados; 1 man dies in crash
- Tornado watch vs warning: What to do when you see alert messages
- Non-profit group organizing clean-up for home damaged by flooding on Leon Creek
HOUSTON — The tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico continues to bring widespread rain and the threat of flooding to the Houston area and the rest of Southeast Texas.
A Flash Flood Watch continues for our entire area until 10 p.m. Wednesday.
HIGH WATER LIST: Current high water locations on major roads
TRAFFIC: List of incidents/crashes
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.
That’s bad news for some areas that already saw flooding Wednesday morning.
Eight inches of rain flooded some houses in the Fort Bend County town of Kendleton.
Wharton County was hardest hit with up to 11 inches of rain by 9 a.m., according to the Wharton County Office of Emergency Management.
KHOU 11 Reporter Melissa Correa spoke to emergency managers in Wharton who confirmed several homes have flooded and many streets are closed due to high water.
Wharton County officials were asking people not to flush their toilets because the sewage system is backed up.
The National Weather Service said conditions are ripe for brief tornadoes this afternoon.
A tornado warning for Galveston County issued for Galveston County expired at 2:15 p.m.
KHOU Chief Meteorologist David Paul said it was issued because of concern over water spouts.
VIEW CURRENT ALERTS: Tap here for watches & warnings active now
WEATHER RADAR: Track rain & storms across Texas
Timeline: What to expect after this morning
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON/EVENING: Significant rain chance continues until the late afternoon, so your drive home will likely be wet as well. KHOU 11 Meteorologist Chita Craft says this afternoon’s rain threat will be greater along the coast where some spots could get 10 inches of rain. After 6 p.m. the rain chance greatly decreases, but don’t let your guard down as there’s still a chance for isolated downpours and storms.
THURSDAY: 30 percent rain chance. Another wet morning commute but the rain won’t be as heavy as Wednesday’s. Rain chance decreases after the early-morning hours, but scattered showers will linger into the mid-morning hours. Drier conditions after lunchtime as the center of circulation pushes through.
FRIDAY: 20 percent rain chance remains as the temperatures begin to soar. Expect temps back into the low 90s with feels-like numbers approaching 100°F.
THIS WEEKEND: Mostly sunny- hottest temperatures of the year so far, topping out in the mid- to upper-90s. Feels-like numbers could top 105°F or higher. You’ll certainly want to practice heat safety which means drinking lots of water, staying in the shade and wearing light colored clothing.
BE PREPARED THIS HURRICANE SEASON
Items that should be on your hurricane preparation list if a storm heads our way:
- Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3-7 days; also fill the bathtub and other containers; sports drinks are good to fend off dehydration
- Food – at least enough for 3-7 days; non-perishable packaged or canned food; juices; foods for infants or elderly family members; snack foods; food for special diets
- Non-electric can opener
- Cooking tools, fuel
- Paper plates and cups, plastic utensils
- Bedding: blankets, pillows, etc.
- Rain gear
- Sturdy shoes
- First aid kit, medicines, prescription drugs
- Toiletries, hygiene items, moisture wipes, dry shampoo
- Flashlight, batteries, lanterns
- Radio: Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
- Telephones: Fully charged cell phone with extra battery; chargers; traditional (not cordless) telephone set
- Cash (with some small bills) and credit cards: Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
- Important documents: Place in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag: Should include insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, prescriptions, etc.
- Tools: Keep a set with you during the storm
- Gas: Fill up your vehicles several days before landfall is expected; Gas stations could lose power during a storm and supply trucks may not be able to reach the area
- Pet care items: Proper identification, immunization records, medications, ample supply of food and water; a carrier or cage; muzzle and/ or leash
- Bleach without lemon or any other additives
- Fire extinguisher
- Mosquito repellent
- Toys, books and games for children
- Duct tape
- Cell phone charging stations — locations where you can charge mobile devices