Imelda triggers tornado in east Harris County, more heavy rain in Houston

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HOUSTON — Tropical Depression Imelda is still spinning up trouble in the Greater Houston Area. 

At least one tornado touched down in east Harris County around 5 p.m. Wednesday. Brian Lockwood was on FM 1942 when he snapped a photo of it moving west toward Mont Belvieu.

The system also brought another round of heavy rain just in time for rush hour headaches.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for southeast Texas and extreme southwest Louisiana until Thursday morning at 7 a.m.

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As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, Imelda was located about 65 miles north of Houston. It had max sustained winds of 30 mph and was moving north at 5 mph.

Here’s the latest weather timeline from the KHOU 11 Weather Team:

Wednesday Afternoon:

The flood threat remains high because the ground is very saturated.

Wednesday Night:

Heavy rain will continue to push out of our area to the east.

Thursday Morning:

The circulation should be well out of the Houston area by this time. However it will still drag rain showers, some heavy, in behind the storm. Flood threat moderate as the grounds remain saturated.

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Thursday night & Friday:

Rain chances are expected to diminish. Flood threat low to moderate.

HOUSTON RADAR: Imelda weakens to a depression 

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Five ways to prepare for flooding

There are five things you can do right now to make sure you’re ready.

1. Register for AlertHouston

Alert Houston is how the City of Houston sends out critical emergency information. It will alert you via email, text, phone call, or push alert. You can get geo-targeted warnings at your location. You can also register up to five addresses.

2. Register for Harris County’s Flood Warning System

FWS monitors rainfall at more than 250 locations along bayous, creeks, and rivers. It will alert users in real time as water levels rise through email and/or text message.

3. Look at Houston’s Flood Prone Map

The City of Houston Office of Emergency Management partnered with Houston Public Works and TxDOT to identify over 100 flood prone roadways. Drivers should check the map before rain events.

4. Download the Transtar App

The Transtar app allows you to monitor road conditions in real time. It also shows regional alerts and active incidents on an interactive map.  (Android users, tap here.)

5. Pay attention to meteorologists

Visit our KHOU Weather page.