Subtropical Storm Andrea Forms in the Atlantic Ocean

Subtropical Storm Andrea, the first storm of the 2019 Hurricane Season, formed today 335 miles southwest of Bermuda. Andrea poses no threat to Texas and will likely dissipate at sea. Though hurricane season does not officially begin until June 1, it is not uncommon for tropical weather to develop early. Take the time to prepare now! Links to hurricane preparedness resources are available at You can also follow @ReadyHarris on Twitter and ReadyHarris on Facebook for preparedness tips throughout […]

Check your coverage before disaster strikes

AUSTIN, Texas — The first two weeks of National Preparedness Month focused on helping Americans survive a disaster by encouraging everyone to make and practice their disaster plan and learn lifesaving skills. Week 3 turns attention to the post-disaster phase, when proper insurance can mean the difference between full recovery and financial devastation. No one should rely on federal disaster assistance to make them whole after a catastrophic weather event. Federal assistance is only available if […]

Rains may have eased Texas’ drought situation in recent days, but the big weather story may be the lack of severe storms and tornadoes in the state

By Keith Randall, Texas A&M University Marketing & Communications COLLEGE STATION, Sept. 20, 2018 – Rains may have eased Texas’ drought situation in recent days, but the big weather story may be the lack of severe storms and tornadoes in the state – down by as much as 90 percent in some areas, according to a Texas A&M University expert. John Nielsen-Gammon, who serves as State Climatologist and Regents Professor in the Department of Atmospheric […]

Cmr George P. Bush Urges Texans to Monitor Warnings, Prepare for Severe Weather

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AUSTIN – Today Land Commissioner George P. Bush urged Texans to take heed of severe weather warnings, know their risk and be prepared. The Texas General Land Office (GLO) is continuing to monitor several potential weather formations threatening the U.S., including a tropical disturbance over the Gulf of Mexico with a 70 percent chance of cyclone formation in the next 48 hours. The National Hurricane Center predicts heavy rainfall and gusty winds across Texas on […]

Harris County Residents Urged to Monitor Weather

Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD):   Harris County residents are urged to monitor the weather forecast and use extreme caution if venturing out into rainy conditions according to the current forecast. Portions of Harris County could receive up to four inches of additional rain especially south of I-10 as a weather system moves into the Gulf of Mexico and has the potential to impact the Texas coast with showers and thunderstorms.   As of […]

Residents Encouraged to Be Prepared for Severe Weather Potential This Week What is the danger?

September 12, 2018 As we enter the peak of hurricane season, there is a slight to moderate risk for tropical weather to affect the Texas coast later this week. According to the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center the disorganized tropical moisture currently in the Gulf of Mexico could become a named storm later this week as it nears Texas. What you need to do: Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) encourages residents to […]

Subtropical Storm Debby Forms, Not a Threat to Texas

What is the danger? The fourth named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, Subtropical Storm Debby has formed over the north Atlantic. According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Debby poses no threat to land and is expected to dissipate in a few days. What you need to do: Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) reminds residents that hurricane season is underway and all those living along the Texas Gulf […]

Stormy Weather Can Develop Rapidly During the Summer Harris County Offers Safety Tips

(Houston, TX) – High humidity and warm temperatures in our region are key ingredients for severe weather during the summer months. According to the National Weather Service, the biggest threats associated with most thunderstorms are lighting and flash floods. The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) offers the following safety tips to stay safe this summer. During thunder and lightning When thunder roars, go indoors. Find a safe, enclosed shelter. The main lightning safety […]

Heavy Rainfall Possible Across Harris County

Harris County residents should prepare for possible heavy rainfall over the next few days as a system moves onshore over the Texas coast. The average rainfall in Harris County is expected to be 3-6 inches, with isolated higher amounts. Showers and thunderstorms with locally heavy rainfall are expected Monday morning through Thursday as the system moves through the area. The Addicks and Barker Reservoirs floodgates were closed in preparation of the rainfall Sunday morning. Harris […]

Sen. Cruz Urges All Texans to Be Prepared as 2018 Hurricane Season Begins

‘Taking common sense steps to protect our communities is critical to saving lives’ HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement recognizing the beginning of the 2018 hurricane season and urging Texans to take advantage of all hurricane and storm preparation resources. “Last year Hurricane Harvey caused unprecedented damage to our Gulf Coast communities,” Sen. Cruz said. “While we continue efforts to rebuild we must also take all steps necessary to prepare for the next hurricane […]