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UPDATE: Tropical Storm Cindy Could Cause Flooding in Greater Houston

The Red Cross gets four shelters ready for Texas residents that might be affected.

Much of the region is now under a warning as tropical storm Cindy approaches the Texas Coast, including Harris County and Galveston.

National Weather Service forecasters say the storm is still tracking to make landfall near the Texas Louisiana border.

That means likely heavy downpours in the Houston area, with the possibility of street flooding and high winds. 

The system’s maximum sustained winds early Tuesday are near 45 mph and may intensify to 50 mph before landfall. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says some slight strengthening is possible before the system reaches the coast, either late Wednesday or Wednesday night.

Dan Reilly, who monitors the storm for the National Weather Service in League City, said the rain will be much more of a concern than the wind.

“We could be looking at three, four, even five inches of rain, with some locally higher amounts,” he said.

So what does that mean for us?

Mark Sloan, coordinator for the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said we might see some street flooding.

“We’re not looking at flooding out of creeks and bayous,” he said. “We’re looking at heavy rainfall rates that cause our streets to fill up and then slowly drain, and then in a short period of time things should be able to be caught up and we’re good to go.”

He said people should monitor the weather situation and take necessary precautions.

As part of the preparations before Cindy arrives tomorrow, the Red Cross has four shelters ready on standby for Texas residents affected by the tropical storm.

The shelters are not open yet, but will be located in Galveston, Bolivar Peninsula, Vidor and Orange.

They’ve also activated nine emergency response vehicles that can be deployed to distribute food, water, hygiene kits and  other supplies.

 

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