Of course, this stressful year couldn't just sidle out the door with an Irish goodbye. Nope, instead it's making the most of its final hours and that means that the Houston area, along with a swath of Southeast Texas, is under a tornado watch.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for 13 counties including Harris, Fort Bend, Chambers, Galveston, and Brazoria that will be in effect until 3 p.m. as storms move in from the Gulf of Mexico. These storms could also bring quarter-sized hail, wind gusts of up to 70 mph, plus as much as one to three inches of rain. So yeah, there's also a chance of flash flooding, because, well, why not?
Keep in mind that a tornado watch means that the weather situation is ripe for a tornado to form, though no tornados have been sighted yet. If the NWS moves it up to a tornado warning, that's when you need to go to your chosen tornado spot in your house, preferably a place far from any windows, like the bathroom.
And as for the possible floods, we should all know the drill now, but a few reminders in case the prospect of this nutty year has you feeling a little too impulsive. The main thing? It's 2020, and yes the year is almost over, but don't drop your guard now. If you can stay home, stay home, at least until the storm rolls through. (It's slated to pass by around 4 p.m.) And if you must go out, don't drive into any standing water just because "it doesn't look that deep." This is Houston, and it's this year's final gasp: In other words, it is definitely deeper than it looks.
Again, we've almost made it, so let's all just carefully, quietly creep our way into 2021 without giving this year any more chances to come at us.