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Houstonians Need To Remain Alert During Hurricane Season

Tropical Storm Cindy barely brushed Houston, which may cause residents to roll their eyes at future storm warnings.

You may have started your day a bit earlier anticipating driving through some rain or flooded areas, but instead you were met with a damp driveway.

Francisco Sanchez is with emergency operations for Harris County.

He said only a portion of East Houston got several inches of rain.

“We’ve seen three inches of rain overnight in portions of east of Harris County,” Sanchez says. “So we certainly have been spared the worst part of tropical storm Cindy.”

We were spared this time, but Mayor Sylvester Turner says that may not always be the case.

“I don’t care how many time you go through it,” Turner says. “I don’t care how many. Every weather storm situation is different. Each one has its own personality.”

Judge Ed Emmett says the county is just as prepared as homeowners should be.

“Prepare as if a hurricane is going to hit us,” Emmett says. “We have a full-time professional staff at our Office of Homeland security and Emergency Management. So if people ask if we’re prepared? Yes, we’re prepared.”

The mayor advises having an evacuation route, keeping flashlights on hand, and paying attention to weather reports in case the next storm that comes through is the big one.

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