Heavy Rain Pounds Greater Houston, Flash Flood Watch In Harris County

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Houston motorists were driving in the rain on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, on Elgin Street, at the University of Houston main campus.

Heavy rain is pounding the Houston region and weather forecasters predict rain will continue into Thursday. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Harris and surrounding counties until 7 a.m. on Thursday.

Harris County meteorologist Jeff Lindner said the county received between .5 and 3 inches of rain in some areas, mainly in the east around Beltway 8 and I-10 East, since around 4 a.m.

Lindner said additional heavy rain moving into the region from Fort Bend County could produce 1 to 3 inches of rainfall, especially south of I-10, on Wednesday into the early afternoon.

As of approximately 10:30 a.m. Harris County bayous and creeks were doing well, according to Lindner. The NWS said there could be issues on the bayous if they receive more than 2 inches of rainfall per hour.

Some isolated areas of Fort Bend and east Wharton counties had between 7 to 9 inches of rainfall.

The NWS forecast predicts areas southeast of the I-69 corridor could get between 4 and 8 inches of rainfall, while areas northwest of the corridor could receive between 1 and 3 inches.

As of Wednesday at 11 a.m., there was a high water location at the intersection of I-45 North and I-610 South Loop and on several points of I-69 northbound and southbound, as well as on FM 2919 and the Westpark Tollway, according to Houston Transtar which posts updated information online.