LIVE BLOG: Here’s what’s happening in the Houston area as severe thunderstorms roll in
A powerful and slow-moving storm system is making its way towards the Houston area this week. The storm could cause flooding in the streets, streams, brooks, and rivers surrounding the city, as well as bring severe weather threats such as damaging winds and hail. With the potential for hazardous conditions looming, several schools and public services have already canceled their activities.
The Houston Independent School District has decided to cancel all after-school activities and sports for Tuesday due to inclement weather. Additionally, the Aldine Independent School District canceled all extracurricular activities for the day due to weather conditions. The Galena Park Independent School District has also followed suit and canceled all after-school activities and night school.
Alongside school closures, precautions are being taken to protect residents from the storm’s potential impact. Lake Houston’s spillway gates have been opened to divert excess water and prevent flooding in the region. Property owners around the lake are advised to protect their properties along the shoreline and secure outdoor furniture and patio items. Meanwhile, Lake Conroe has reported significant rainfall overnight and is currently releasing a small amount from their reservoir into the San Jacinto River.
The Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office has deployed high water rescue equipment, including two 5-ton trucks, two rescue boats, and a Hummer, in anticipation of possible storms and flooding. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office has also deployed their Flood Rescue vehicles throughout the county in preparation for potential flooding.
Bush Intercontinental Airport has suffered a ground stop for all incoming flights due to thunderstorms, lasting until 10 a.m. Additionally, Hobby Airport will suspend flights until 11 a.m. for the same reason, according to FlightAware.com.
Residents are urged to stay alert and safe during this severe weather event. Remember, TURN OVER, DON’T DROWN!
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