Spring, Texas – April 2nd, 2017: Tornado Watch 109 is in effect until 6:00 PM CDT for the following counties: Angelina, Austin, Cherokee, Colorado, Gregg, Hardin, Harris, Harrison, Houston, Jasper, Liberty, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Panola, Polk, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Smith, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Waller.
A line of thunderstorms is currently moving east from the Austin and San Antonio area towards Houston.
SUMMARY…Scattered thunderstorms will continue to affect the watch area this afternoon and evening. The environment is very favorable for supercells capable of tornadoes in those storms that form in the warm/humid air.
The tornado watch area is approximately along and 70 statute miles north and south of a line from 20 miles south of Monroe LA to 30 miles west-southwest of Huntsville TX. For a complete depiction of the watch see the associated watch outline update (WOUS64 KWNS WOU9).
Timing: Noon – 6:00 PM
[blockquote style=”3″]What is a tornado watch? This is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area. Their size can vary depending on the weather situation. They are usually issued for a duration of 4 to 8 hours. They normally are issued well in advance of the actual occurrence of severe weather. During the watch, people should review tornado safety rules and be prepared to move a place of safety if threatening weather approaches. A Tornado Watch is issued by the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, Oklahoma. Prior to the issuance of a Tornado Watch, SPC will usually contact the affected local National Weather Forecast Office (NWFO) and they will discuss what their current thinking is on the weather situation. Afterwards, SPC will issue a preliminary Tornado Watch and then the affected NWFO will then adjust the watch (adding or eliminating counties/parishes) and then issue it to the public. After adjusting the watch, the NWFO will let the public know which counties are included by way of a Watch Redefining Statement. During the watch, the NWFO will keep the public informed on what is happening in the watch area and also let the public know when the watch has expired or been cancelled.[/blockquote]
Areal Flood Advisory Issued For Spring; Over 1.5 Inches Of Rain Has Fallen Near Spring Creek & I-45
Spring, Texas – September 18th, 2017: An areal flood advisory has been issued for North Central Harris County and South Central Montgomery County until 5:15 PM.
At 3:16 PM, Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated heavy rain due to thunderstorms. This will cause urban and small stream flooding in the advisory area. Up to 1.5 inches of rain have fallen at the Spring Creek at I-45 gauge. Though rain has eased recently, more rain is moving towards the area and will provide moderate additional rainfall in the next hour or two.
Some locations that will experience flooding include… Spring, The Woodlands and splashtown.
A flood advisory means ponding of water in urban or other areas is occurring or is imminent.
Aerial Mosquito Spray Operation Scheduled in Wake of Flooding
Harris County, Texas – September 14th, 2017: The rain left behind by Hurricane Harvey has created large areas in Harris County where mosquitoes can lay their eggs. To address increasing numbers of mosquitoes and the risk they pose to the recovery effort and public health, the U.S. Air Force Reserve’s 910th Airlift Wing flying modified C-130 cargo planes staged out of Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio will be conducting an aerial spray operation beginning Thursday evening, September 14 and may take more than one day. The plan is to spray approximately 600,000 acres by air, weather permitting.
Harris County is working with our partners at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the U.S. Air Force Reserve to conduct the aerial spray operation. The coordinated approach supplements the on-going countywide ground treatment to better protect the health of Harris County residents.
According to Dr. Umair A. Shah, executive director of Harris County Public Health (HCPH), “The goal is to reduce the effects mosquitoes are having on recovery efforts and the possibility of a future increase in mosquito-borne disease.”
The insecticide, Dibrom (EPA-approved), is routinely used for aerial spray operations to combat mosquito-borne disease and will be used during the spray operation in Harris County. Dibrom is considered safe for the environment and is applied by licensed applicators, according to the label instructions.
For residents concerned about exposure during the aerial spray operation, HCPH recommends individuals stay indoors during the evening aerial application in the treated areas, as a precaution. As an extra precaution, beekeepers may wish to cover their colonies to prevent bees from exiting during treatment.
Residents can help control mosquitoes during the recovery effort by emptying standing water around their homes. To reduce the likelihood of being bitten by mosquitoes, residents are encouraged to use an EPA-registered mosquito repellent when outside. To keep mosquitoes out of the home, people should make sure their window and door screens fit tightly and are in good condition.
Levee Structure Eroded; Mandatory Evacuation Still In Place Due To Possible Breach
Harris County, Texas – August 30th, 2017: The mandatory evacuation order that was issued for residents that live within the Inverness Forest Subdivision is STILL in place as the threat for a possible levee breach increases.
Overnight, a portion of the levee has been eroded out from the base of the levee. Water came over the top of the intake system where the storm pumps are at and cascaded down, striking a portion of the levee where it has weakened and eroded.
The concern is that the pressure from the water flowing down cypress creek could force its way through the eroded area and could cause a breach.
The Harris County Flood Control District, Texas Task Force 1 and several other agencies are working diligently to make emergency repairs to shore up the levee and prevent the breach.
The MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER for Inverness Forest REMAINS in effect.