What is the danger?
Tropical Depression 8 has formed in the Gulf of Mexico. Forecasts from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and National Weather Service (NWS) are projecting landfall between Palacios and Port Mansfield sometime early Saturday afternoon. Tropical Depression 8 is expected to be upgraded to Tropical Storm Hanna on Friday.
The system will bring heavy rainfall across much of southeast Texas beginning Friday and continuing through Saturday night. Widespread rainfall totals of 3 to 5 inches, with isolated areas of 6 to 9 inches, are possible. Flooding will be possible in areas that receive the highest amounts of rain.
There may be some rises on area creeks and bayous. Coastal locations could experience higher tides.
NHC has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for coastal Harris County.
We are also watching Tropical Storm Gonzalo in the Atlantic Ocean. Gonzalo is expected to become a hurricane sometime today. The storm will enter the eastern Caribbean early next week.
What you should do:
- If you must travel never drive into high water and use extreme caution at underpasses and low-lying areas where water accumulates.
- Always remember to Turn Around, Don’t Drown! DO NOT DRIVE through high water and DO NOT DRIVE AROUND BARRICADES.
- Just two feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
- Check driving conditions before getting on roadways at Houston TranStar: www.houstontranstar.org.
- View live rainfall rates on the Harris County Flood Warning System Website: www.harriscountyfws.org.
- Get updates from trusted sources such as: National Weather Service Houston-Galveston, Harris County Flood Control District, and ReadyHarris.
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