Tropical Storm Chantal Forms in Atlantic, No Threat To Texas

What is the danger? Tropical Storm Chantal is the third named storm of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season, but poses no threat to Texas. The storm is currently located over the open Atlantic and is expected to downgrade to a tropical depression later this week. What you should do: While Tropical Storm Chantal will not impact Texas, we are currently in the peak of Hurricane Season. All residents should get a kit, make a plan […]

Stage II Water Restrictions in Effect for City of Katy

By George Slaughter Katy city residents and businesses are being asked to conserve water following the city’s implementation of Stage II water restrictions. The restrictions come in response to continued high temperatures and relatively little or no rainfall in recent days. Citizens are asked to intensify their efforts to keep water from running off into streets, drains, or ditches. They are also asked to repair water leaks as needed and reduce watering for lawns and […]

Harris County Urges Preparedness While Traveling During Hurricane Season

(Houston, TX) – As you make travel plans this summer, the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) reminds residents that hurricane season is underway. It can be difficult to navigate travel during hurricane season due to the unique set of potential challenges you may face. However, proper awareness and preparation can help your vacation stay on track. Keep the potential weather of your destination in mind when planning a trip. Locations […]

Heat Advisory Issued for Harris County, Stay Safe

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Heat Advisory for Harris County from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Heat index readings are expected to range from 106 to 111 degrees. The dangerous heat conditions are likely to continue through the weekend. Everyone should take precautions to avoid heat illness or exhaustion. The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) urges residents to limit any time outdoors to the early morning and/or evening […]

Harris County Flood Control District Launches New Project Website

The Harris County Flood Control District has launched a new website to support its partnership project with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The website,, will support the MAAPnext project, a Modeling, Assessment and Awareness Project (MAAP), that will produce the next generation of flood hazard maps for Harris County. MAAPnext will use the most up-to-date technology to provide a better understanding of flood risks throughout Harris County, including previously unmapped urban flooding (also […]

How To Protect Your Car During The Texan Hurricane Season

It’s been almost two years since Hurricane Harvey caused untold damage in Texas, with the financial losses estimated at around $125 billion in damages. For residents of Katy, TX, hurricane season means being on high alert at all times, making the necessary arrangements for the days and hours leading up to the storm. But not all hurricanes give that much warning as some of the smaller ones tend to creep up on Texans. For those who […]

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 […]