Harris County Alerts

Monday, April 11, 2016

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Severe Weather Possible Monday Afternoon and Evening

What is the Danger?

A weather system entering Southeast Texas Monday could trigger showers and thunderstorms later this afternoon, some of them severe. The main threats will be damaging wind gusts, large hail, and frequent cloud to ground lightning.

What You Should Do:

Residents should monitor local media and the National Weather Service (NWS) for weather updates throughout the evening. Various watches and warnings may be issued through late Monday evening. Be prepared to act quickly to protect yourself and your family.

In the event of thunderstorms, stay inside. Remember: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

Here are lightning safety tips from NWS:

  • Avoid open fields and stay away from tall, isolated trees or other tall objects. If you are in a forest, stay near a lower stand of trees.
  • If you are camping in an open area, set up camp in a valley, ravine or other low area. Remember, a tent offers NO protection from lighting.
  • Stay away from water, wet items, such as ropes, and metal objects, such as fences and poles.
  • Stay off corded phones. You can use cellular or cordless phones. Don't touch electrical equipment such as computers, TVs, or cords. You can remote controls safety.
  • Avoid plumbing. Do not wash your hands, take a shower or wash dishes.
  • Protect your pets: Dog houses are not safe shelters. Dogs that are chained to trees or on metal runners are particularly vulnerable to lightning strikes.
  • Protect your property: Lightning generates electric surges that can damage electronic equipment some distance from the actual strike. Typical surge protectors will not protect equipment from a lightning strike.