Harris County – On August 17 at approximately 7:11 p.m., Harris County Fire Marshal’s investigators were called to assist Cy‐Fair Volunteer Fire Department with a three‐alarm fire at the Yorktown Crossing Apartments in the 15000 block of Yorktown Crossing Parkway. Cy‐Fair, Jersey Village, Westlake, ESD 48, Houston, and Spring Fire Departments responded to the scene. Twenty‐four units were affected by the fire and there were no injuries.
“After a thorough scene examination, investigators determined the fire started in the attic of the apartment complex and was caused by a lightning strike,” said Lieutenant Scott Schoonover.
The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office Investigations Division is responsible for fire, arson, and explosion investigations in unincorporated Harris County.
Tropical Storm Fiona has formed in the Atlantic Ocean. It is the sixth named storm of 2016.
What you need to know:
Tropical Storm Fiona poses no immediate threat to Texas Coast.
With the peak of hurricane season underway, Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management urges all residents to prepare for the next storm by having an emergency plan, assembling an emergency supply kit and by staying informed. Go to www.readyharris.org for resources or download our free ReadyHarris mobile app to help you create a personalized preparedness plan. Click here to download it now.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has extended the Flash Flood Watch for Harris County through this evening. Heavy rainfall could affect the evening commute, so allow for extra time and always be aware that the weather can change quickly. Rain is in the forecast for the rest of the week.
What you should do:
Residents are encouraged to monitor local media and the NWS for the latest weather forecasts. Various watches and warnings may be issued throughout the week.
After a week of excessive heat, the National Weather Service (NWS) says there is a potential for scattered to numerous thunderstorms during the weekend and into next week. Heavy rainfall could produce several inches of rain in a short period resulting in localized street flooding.
What you should do:
Residents are encouraged to monitor the NWS and local media for the latest weather forecasts.
In the event of heavy rainfall or lightning, seek shelter indoors. Urban areas are especially prone to flash floods due to the large amounts of concrete and asphalt surfaces that do not allow water to penetrate into the soil easily. Lightning strikes kill an average of nearly 50 people every year. Remember: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! Also, always stay clear of flooded roads, Turn Around Don’t Drown.
As temperatures and humidity rise across Southeast Texas this weekend, heat indices on Sunday and Monday, Independence Day, could reach 105-109 degrees. If these conditions occur, residents are warned to take precautions against this potentially lethal weather. The National Weather Service may issue a Heat Advisory or other warning if needed.
What you need to do:
Keep your body temperature cool to avoid heat-related illness.
Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible.
Find an air-conditioned shelter.
Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
Avoid direct sunlight.
Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
Take cool showers or baths.
Check on those most at-risk twice a day.
Because your body loses fluids through sweat, you can become dehydrated during times of extreme heat.
Drink more water than usual.
Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids.
Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
Remind others to drink enough water.
Stay updated on local weather forecasts so you can plan activities safely when it’s hot outside.
Check local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips.
The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm and Flash Flood Warning for Harris County. Storms have produced up to three inches of rainfall in some areas. The potential impacts from this storm are damaging winds, frequent lightning, hail and flash flooding. These storms have the potential to impact the afternoon commute.
What you should do:
Residents are encouraged to monitor the National Weather Service (NWS) and local media for the latest weather forecasts.
In the event of heavy rainfall, lightning, hail or high winds, seek shelter indoors. High wind can turn everyday objects into missiles and lightning strikes kill an average of nearly 50 people every year. Remember: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! Also, always stay clear of flooded roads, Turn Around Don’t Drown.
Tropical Storm Danielle has formed in the Bay of Campeche, just off of the coast of Mexico. Danielle will make landfall in Mexico later today and will not be a threat to Texas.
What you need to do:
Tropical cyclones are among nature’s most deadly storms. All residents of the Texas Gulf Coast should have a plan for tropical weather. Whether you are in an evacuation zone or you just need to be able to ride out the storm, the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) has resources to help you be ready for anything at www.readyharris.org.
HCOHSEM’s ReadyHarris mobile app puts the power to build a personalized preparedness plan in the palm of your hand. The free app is available for both Apple and Android. Click here to download now.
The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for most of Southeast Texas, including Harris County through 7:00 p.m. Saturday. Temperatures in the middle to high 90’s combined with high humidity will drive heat indexes up to 110 degrees Friday and 109 degrees Saturday. Exposure to high heat is a serious health hazard that can cause, in some cases, death.
What you need to do:
Residents should take extra precautions if working outdoors or spending time outside for the next several days:
Make sure you and the pets drink plenty of water.
Air conditioning is the best defense against heat. Remain indoors as much as possible and limit outdoor activities.
When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to the early morning or mid to late evening hours.
Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible.
Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 911 immediately.
June 3, 2016 – Officials with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice announced on Friday that the Ramsey Unit in Rosharon will be evacuated as the Brazos River continues to rise. The unit will be evacuated beginning Friday morning. The evacuation will affect approximately 1,700 inmates assigned to the facility. The offenders are being transported by TDCJ buses, and are accompanied by correctional officers and other staff members who have reported to work to assist in the evacuation. Offenders assigned to the unit will be sent to facilities in East Texas that have available bed space. Due to the evacuation, visitation will be cancelled at the Ramsey Unit for this weekend. These evacuated offenders will not be available for visits at the designated receiving units, but will have the ability to use the offender telephone system.
TDCJ officials continue to monitor the situation and are working with our state partners during this historic flooding event.
An emergency command center in Huntsville was enacted on Sunday and is operating 24-7
Additional food and water has been delivered to receiving units
Sandbags have been filled and delivered to affected units
Medical staff is available to provide care to special need offenders
Additional staff has been called in to help affected units
Offender families may contact TDCJ’s 24-hour hotline at 936-437-4927 to obtain information about an inmate.
Updates will be added as they become available to the TDCJ Web site at http://www.tdcj.texas.gov and on the agency’s Twitter page at @TDCJ.
For the media: If you need additional information, please contact the Public Information Office at 936-437-6052 or at Jason.Clark@tdcj.texas.gov. In case of an emergency or after hour calls, please contact the emergency action center at 936-437-6600.
Fort Bend County, TX – A flash flood warning is in effect for Ft. Bend County until this evening at 7 PM. Significant rainfall could increase inflows to already flood swollen rivers. Swift water, biological and physical hazards remain in inundated areas and many roadways still remain closed. 20% of the land in Ft. Bend County has experienced flood effects.
Water levels are expected to slowly recede and will remain high into next week. 350 local and state emergency responders remain in the county assisting the local jurisdiction and 730 rescues have occurred to date. No fatalities or serious injuries have been reported.
Levees are functioning as designed throughout the levee improvement districts.
Damage assessments and long term recovery efforts are being coordinated as water levels recede.
For the more information, please visit fbcoem.org website or call 281-342-6185
ACTUALIZACIÓN DEL TIEMPO SEVERO DE LA MAÑANA PARA EL CONDADO DE FORT BEND
Condado de Fort Bend, TX – Un aviso de inundación está en efecto para el Condado de Fort Bend hasta esta tarde a las 7 PM. Precipitaciones significativas podrían aumentar la afluencia a inundar las crecidas de los ríos. Aguas rápidas, peligros biológicos y físicos permanecen en las áreas inundadas y muchos caminos aún permanecen cerradas. 20% de la tierra en el Condado ha experimentado efectos de las inundaciones.
Se espera que los niveles de agua bajen lentamente y seguirán siendo altas hasta la próxima semana. 350 servicios de emergencia locales y estatales permanecen en el condado ayudando a la jurisdicción local y 730 rescates se han producido hasta la fecha . No se han reportado muertes o lesiones graves.
Diques son funcionando como diseñado a lo largo de los distritos de mejora del dique..
Evaluación de los daños y los esfuerzos de recuperación a largo plazo se han previsto como nivel de las aguas bajas.
Para más información, visite la página web fbcoem.org o llame al 281-342-6185.
Fort Bend County is located in the Texas Southeast, immediately South and West of Harris County and the city of Houston. It is the home of over 715,000 people and is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. For more information about Fort Bend County, visit the county homepage at http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov.
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) was established to protect the residents and property of Fort Bend County from damage relating to disasters. The OEM accomplishes this through effective planning, preparation, response, and recovery. For more information about the Fort Bend County OEM, visit the OEM homepage at http://www.fbcoem.org.
El Condado de Fort Bend está situado en Texas Suroeste, inmediatamente al Sur y al Oeste del Condado de Harris y la ciudad de Houston. En cuál es el hogar de más de 715,000 y es uno de los condados de más rápido crecimiento en los Estados Unidos. Para más información del Condado de Fort Bend por favor de visitar http://fortbendcountytx.gov.
El Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia (EMO) se establecio para protégé los recidentes y propiedad del Condado de Fort Bend daños relacionados con desastres. El OEM logra esto a través de una planificación, preparación, respuesta y recuperación.