The City of Kemah Emergency Management continues to monitor the possible weather developments making their way towards our region. As we continue to track these developments, now is a good time to review your significant weather event preparedness plans.
In addition to our Emergency Preparedness document for a quick overview of what you will need to be aware of during events like this, we also highly recommend visiting www.GCOEM.org to download the Galveston County Emergency and Disaster Guide. It is filled with tips and information to help you prepare.
The City of Kemah urges you to please stay abreast of weather developments by following local weather news reports for Galveston County. And observing communications from the US National Weather Service Houston-Galveston Texas for the latest information.
The National Weather Service has produced the following information:
We continue to anticipate the development of widespread thunderstorms later this afternoon and evening, with some storms becoming severe and potentially producing large hail, tornadoes, and/or strong wind gusts. Later this evening, there will be a risk for flash flooding as a surface cold front slowly pushes through the area.
A strong low pressure system is still expected to approach the area today, resulting in the development of widespread thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Beginning in the late afternoon, the severe weather threat will begin to increase. As stronger storms develop, there will be a potential for large hail, strong wind gusts, heavy downpours, frequent lightning and tornadoes. The threat for severe storms remains highest across areas along and north of the I-10 corridor. Later this evening, a surface cold front will begin to push through the area and additional storms are expected to develop along the slow-moving boundary. This will create a threat for street flooding, especially in urban areas. Because of this, a Flood Watch is now in effect for portions of our area between 7 PM tonight and 7 AM tomorrow (see map below). We continue to anticipate widespread rainfall totals of 2-4" area-wide with some locations seeing locally higher amounts. The bulk of the heavy rainfall is expected to arrive during the overnight period with conditions gradually improving after sunrise.
Urban Flash Flood Messaging
Heavy rainfall is forecast for portions of Southeast Texas, including highly urbanized areas like the Houston metropolitan area. Based on forecast conditions, NWS Houston will be utilizing the following urban flash flood messaging for this event:
- Turn Around, Don't Drown. Isolated underpasses or low-water crossings may be life-threatening.
- Monitor the NWS, your local media, HCFCD and other official weather information sources.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact the National Weather Service office at the phone numbers listed in the Resources section above.