SEVERE WEATHER ACROSS HOUSTON AREA WEDNESDAY

Confirmed tornadoes, severe thunderstorms hit southeast Texas

HOUSTON — Heavy, fast-moving thunderstorms pounding Southeast Texas Tuesday morning prompted several watch and warning alerts across the region. In the Houston area, residents were cautioned to seek shelter and stay off the roadways until the bad weather passed through.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Harris County until 11 a.m.

A Tornado Warning was issued for Brazoria County until 10 a.m., that has since expired. A Tornado Watch for the area remains in effect until 1 p.m.

Hobby Airport is at a ground stop due to tornado warnings. There were 22 delays as of 10 a.m.

What is the difference between a watch and a warning?

A Tornado Watch is when tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Watches are issued by the Storm Prediction Center for counties where tornadoes may occur. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states. When these are prompted, you should take shelter immediately.

A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. There is imminent danger to life and property. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. Warnings are issued by your local forecast office. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area (around the size of a city or small county) that may be impacted by a tornado identified by a forecaster on Radar or by a trained spotter/law enforcement who is watching the storm.You should stay tuned to your local radio and television stations for more information, and always know where you will take shelter if need be.

The potential impacts from this storm are damaging winds with 60 mph gusts, heavy rainfall, frequent lightning and quarter-sized hail. Residents in the affected areas are urged to seek shelter immediately in an interior room with no windows on the lowest floor of your home and wait for the storm to pass. Heavy rains may also impact the area and it only take a few inches of water to float a vehicle.

As of 10 a.m., there were 17,000 outages reported across the Houston area. CenterPoint crews were working to restore power. Click here to check the CenterPoint Energy Outage Tracker.

Know how to stay safe during a storm

BEFORE:

  • Use the 30/30 rule. Go indoors if you see lightning and can’s count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay inside for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.

DURING:

  • Stay inside
  • Don’t use items that plug into electrical outlets. Power sureges from lightning can come through the cords and hurt you.
  • Stay away from windows and doors
  • Don’t touch anything metal outside — bikes, playgrounds, fences
  • Stay away from open fields, hills or the beach
  • Don’t stand near “lightning rods,” like tall trees in an open area or flagpoles

AFTER:

  • Stay away from loose or dangling power lines
  • Stay away from areas damaged by the storm or floods.

Click here for more tips from the Red Cross.

And remember, when you see water covering the road, Turn Around, Don’t Drown.

 

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office reported multiple damages in the area.

 

 

 

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