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Storm Coming, Flash Flood Watch Issued for Houston Area

Weather events should play out over much of Saturday, experts say.

By Timothy Malcolm May 15, 2020

Remember: If you see high water, don't drive into it.

For weeks, Houston has been under this spell that has brought outstanding weather, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s and clear skies, which have invited people out of their homes to walk neighborhoods and catch some fresh air during an otherwise indoors existence.

Bu the spell will be temporarily broken this weekend with the arrival of a strong storm that experts say could bring street flooding.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely in Southeast Texas between late Friday night and early Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service. At times the rain is likely to be pretty heavy, with rates of three inches per hour possible. The system isn't likely to leave the area until late Saturday afternoon.

In all, rainfall totals between two and four inches should be common, says the NWS, which has issued a flash flood watch for the area from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Roadways may quickly flood and low water crossings should be avoided.

The Harris County Flood District is monitoring the storm and suggests residents ensure that storm drains and culverts are cleared of debris, and that vehicles are moved onto driveways or into parking garages. Also, the Flood District recommends caution while driving, and to turn around if approaching high water. You can check rainfall and creek and bayou levels at

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