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Heavy Rains Predicted To Hit Houston This Week

The Houston area is forecast to receive 1-3 inches of rainfall between Tuesday and Thursday.

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A Houston driver goes through rainy weather on the service road for I-45. Harris County residents should prepare for possible heavy rainfall and potential street flooding through Thursday.

Heavy rainfall will likely hit Houston this week, as a tropical disturbance heads toward southeast Texas, according to the National Weather Service.

"Rain chances start going up Tuesday night and continue probably through Thursday as the tropical moisture starts moving into the area," said Brian Kyle, a meteorologist for the NWS Houston office.

The NWS is estimating that southeast Texas could receive 1-3 inches of rainfall between Tuesday and Thursday. The areas south of the path from Columbus to Livingston, including the Houston metro area, are expected to be hit the hardest.

Although heavy rain is the main concern, Kyle also warned Houston drivers that the increase in rainfall could cause street flooding, particularly in metropolitan areas.

"If anybody does ever encounter any water-covered roadways, we always tell them to turn around," he said. "It's difficult to say exactly how deep that water is, and it doesn't take much water for cars to stall out and folks to become trapped."

Kyle said Houston shouldn't face much more than heavy rain and street flooding, but the NWS is expecting higher tides and an increase in rip currents along the coast.

Courtesy of NWS
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