Hurricane Local Statement issued August 24 at 4:​12​PM CDT by NWS Houston – Galveston

This product covers Southeast Texas **CENTER OF LAURA PASSING NEAR THE ISLE OF YOUTH. WILL THREATEN NORTHWESTERN GULF COAST MIDWEEK.** NEW INFORMATION ————— * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: – A Hurricane Watch has been issued for Southern Liberty – A Storm Surge Watch and Hurricane Watch have been issued for Chambers and Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula – A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Inland Galveston, Inland Harris, Montgomery, Northern Liberty, Polk, […]

UPDATE: Tropical Storm Laura (Sunday, 5:00pm)

What is the danger? Tropical Storm Laura is expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico early this week, intensifying into a hurricane. Strong winds and storm surge are possible for coastal areas of southeast Texas as early as Wednesday morning. The forecast will continue to change over the coming days. Residents are encouraged to closely monitor developments through trusted media sources and prepare for tropical weather. What you should do: It is important to ACT […]

Twelfth Named Storm Laura Forms

What is the danger? Tropical Storm Laura, the 12th named storm of 2020, has formed in the Atlantic Ocean. According to the National Hurricane Center, the forecast is still unclear. The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management will continue to monitor the storm as a potential threat to the Texas Gulf Coast. What you should do: We are in a very active tropical period with the possibility of multiple storm threats in a […]

Ninth Named Storm Isaias Forms, No Threat to Texas

What is the danger? Tropical Storm Isaias, the ninth named storm of 2020, has formed in the Atlantic Ocean. Isaias poses no threat to Texas. Isaias is currently moving northwest toward Puerto Rico, according to the National Weather Service, and is expected to turn further north, making possible landfall near the south coast of Florida. What you should do: We are approaching the peak of Hurricane Season. While Tropical Storm Isaias will not impact Texas, […]

President Donald J. Trump Approves Emergency Disaster Declaration for Texas

WASHINGTON – FEMA announced federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Texas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Hanna from July 25, 2020, and continuing. Federal funding is available to the state, eligible local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures (Category B), limited to direct federal assistance and reimbursement for mass care including evacuation and shelter […]

Heavy Rainfall Beginning Friday Morning Will Continue Through Weekend

What is the danger? Tropical Depression 8 has formed in the Gulf of Mexico. Forecasts from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and National Weather Service (NWS) are projecting landfall between Palacios and Port Mansfield sometime early Saturday afternoon. Tropical Depression 8 is expected to be upgraded to Tropical Storm Hanna on Friday. The system will bring heavy rainfall across much of southeast Texas beginning Friday and continuing through Saturday night. Widespread rainfall totals of 3 to 5 inches, with […]

Tropical Storm Gonzalo Forms, Rain Continuing Through Weekend

What is the danger? Tropical Storm Gonzalo is the seventh named storm of 2020. The storm is currently in the Atlantic Ocean off the northeast coast of South America. Gonzalo will continue moving westward toward the Caribbean before dissipating later this weekend. Harris County will continue to experience rain this week and through the weekend as potential tropical weather develops in the Gulf of Mexico.   What you should do: Harris County will continue to […]

DPS Reminds Texans to Take Extra Safety Precautions as Summer Heat Continues to Blaze Across the State

AUSTIN – As the dog days of summer continue and temperatures across the state top triple digits, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) wants to remind all Texans to take extra safety precautions, as the heat can pose an increased danger for at-risk populations — including children and the elderly — particularly in vehicles. “We know extreme temperatures place children at a greater risk for injury, and even death, when they are left unattended […]

Heat Advisory Issued for Harris County 11AM to 8PM

What is the danger? The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Heat Advisory for Harris County from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today. Heat index readings are expected to range from 105 to 110 degrees. Temperatures will gradually cool down toward the end of the week, but the heat index will be near 100 degrees. Everyone should take precautions to avoid heat illness or exhaustion. What you should do: STAY COOL! Keep your body temperature cool […]

Top Reasons the Best Coolers Need to be Tough as Nails

The best coolers come with lots of features that make them stand out from other coolers. While the best coolers should be able to keep food and drinks cold for a long time, they should not be fragile. A cooler will not qualify as being a very good one if it is not tough. While this might not seem like a criterion for choosing the best cooler, the fact remains the best ice chests have […]