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News Release
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Possibility of Severe Weather Wednesday.  Houston Residents should take steps to prepare.

The City of Houston is monitoring the potential for severe weather, including the possibility of strong winds, hail, and isolated torandoes.  The threat will begin early Wednesday and last throughout most of the day, with the most significant impacts for Houston in the mid afternoon. Stormy Conditions Ahead

What Should I Do?

The City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) advises Houston residents to begin preparing for the potential impacts:

  • Be prepared to stay in place if dangerous weather occurs in your area. This means you may need to make alternate plans with your employer or child's school if you cannot safely travel.
  • Communicate with your family ahead of time about what to do if you cannot get home at a normal time due to severe weather.
  • Be prepared for power outages.  
  • Turn your NOAA Weather Alert Radio to "ALERT" mode, and listen for official emergency information from the National Weather Service.
  • If a TORNADO WARNING is issued for your area, seek shelter immediately in an interior room, on the lowest floor possible, holding onto a sturdy object. (Get In. Get Low. Hold On.)
  • Avoid travel during periods of heavy rain.  Rainfall can obscure your ability to see the road, leading to accidents, or causing you unknowingly to drive into areas of high water. Be especially aware of low-lying areas such as underpasses.

For updated information from the City of Houston as well as links to power outage, weather, and traffic information, visit



Reporting Damage

If you see damage or flooding related to the storm, when it is safe, report it to the 311 Help & Information Line by calling 311 (713-837-0311), online at, or via the Houston 311 App for iOS and Android.

You can report:

  • Trees or debris in city roadways
  • Street flooding
  • Flooding in homes or businesses

Report power outages to CenterPoint Energy at 713-207-2222.

Stay Tuned

For up-to-date weather information, visit the National Weather Service Houston/ Galveston forecast office website:

You can also follow the City of Houston OEM on Twitter (
@HoustonOEM) and Facebook (

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