Harris County Alerts

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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Tornado Watch Issued for Harris County until 4:00 p.m.

What is the danger?

A Tornado Watch has been issued for Harris County until 4:00 p.m. today.

A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for the development of funnel clouds.

What you need to do:

Tornadoes can form with little or no warning. Residents should take the following steps:

  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
  • Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.
  • Look for the following danger signs:
    • Dark, often greenish sky
    • Large hail
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
    • Loud roar, similar to a freight train.
    • If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.
  • In the event of a tornado, take shelter on the lowest possible floor of your home or office, preferably in a windowless room.
  • If you are outdoors, look for a low-lying, flat location.

Where you can learn more:

National Weather Service: www.srh.noaa.gov/hgx

Tornado Safety: www.ready.gov/tornadoes