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News Release
Sunday, April 02, 2017

Houston under a Tornado Watch until 6:00pm

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Tornado Watch for most of southeast Texas, including Montgomery and Harris Counties until 6:00pm Sunday.

This means conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes throughout the area.  Houston residents should prepare in the event they have to seek shelter.

Additionally, Houston still remains under risk of heavy rainfall, damaging winds and hail as storm systems move through southeast Texas.

What Should I Do?

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

  • Remove all outdoor items which can be tossed by strong wind gusts and secure them.
  • Be prepared to stay in place if dangerous flooding occurs in your area.
  • Communicate with your family ahead of time about what to do in the event of severe weather.
  • Have a plan to shelter-in-place at your home, school or business.
  • Be prepared for Power Outages.  Make sure your family has working flashlights or battery-powered lanterns.  Also, sign up for CenterPoint Energy's Power Alert Service to get the latest information on power restoration
  • If a TORNADO WARNING is issued for your area, seek shelter immediately in an interior room on the lowest floor possible. Remember, Get In. Get Low. Hold On.
  • If a FLASH FLOOD WARNING is issued for your area, seek higher ground and avoid travel until the warning expires.
  • If flash flooding occurs, avoid travel until the storm clears, and avoid low-lying areas.

Reporting Damage

If you see damage from 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

Stay Tuned

Harris County Flood Warning System ( -  provides real-time information on rainfall, as well as bayou/stream/creek levels.

Houston Transtar ( - Provides real-time information on traffic and high water location. 

Houston/Galveston National Weather Service ( - Provides forrecasts and weather information for the Houston area.

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

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