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Houston Dodges Worst Of Texas Thunderstorms

The National Weather Service has canceled a Flash Flood Watch that was originally in effect until 4 p.m. Monday.

Radar screen grab from NWS Houston.

The National Weather Service has canceled a Flash Flood Watch that was originally in effect for Harris County and surrounding regions until 4 p.m. Monday. 

The Flash Flood Watch was cancelled just before 8 a.m.

“Right now we’re just looking at rainfall of less than about an inch, and we can easily handle that. There’s just a little bit of minor street ponding,” said Jeff Lindner with the Houston Office of Emergency Management.

Lindner said the line of intense rain out of Central Texas that had threatened the drive to work this morning had weakened overnight.

“Some of the models were showing it weakening, and others’ models showed it continuing to intensify, or even slowing down and training on us. We did not see that, and from time to time, you know, this is the way things are going to play out. Other times, it plays out differently and we get a lot of rain. But we’re always going to have to err on the side of caution here,” he said. 

The line of storms began to break up Monday morning as it entered Harris County, lessening the severe threat from flash flooding. The forecast still calls for periods of rain and some heavy rain, and a couple of thunderstorms for the rest of today, ending this evening.

The severe storm system spawned a possible tornado that caused minor injuries and damaged more than 150 homes in the San Antonio area late Sunday night and early this morning.

 

More Information:

Forecasts: National Weather Service Houston/Galveston

Local Traffic and High Water Locations: Houston TranStar

Preparedness & Emergency Information: www.readyharris.org

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