Harvey predictions have remained pretty much the same since the previous update. A major rainfall event is still a risk for the greater Houston area (including us) & the timing continues to suggest the heaviest rain will begin later on Saturday or Sunday.
There is still time to make preparations today, but we are asking that you plan to stay off the roads beginning tomorrow.
This is also the time to make sure your neighbors have what they need, and make arrangements for your pets/animals. As you watch the news keep in mind that this is essentially a 2 part storm. Hurricane Harvey’s immediate impact will be felt to the south of us along the middle Texas coast where it’s expected to make landfall as a strong category 3 hurricane later tonight.
For our area, we will likely experience tropical storm strength winds & intermittent rainfall from the outer bands of the storm as Harvey makes landfall but the concern for Fort Bend County continues to come from what Harvey will do AFTER making landfall. There are a few projected paths it may take, but as of now they're not able to predict what Harvey will do once he’s inland.
We will keep you posted as we know more, but also wanted to share the following resources and contacts.
Fort Bend County OEM are our experts & are currently operating 24/7. You can find them via the following links:
You can also contact Fort Bend OEM at 281-342-4665. They are experiencing high call volumes, so we are asking everyone to check out the links above first.
If you have an emergency (only): 911
To report non-emergency issues or concerns: FBC Sheriff Dispatch: 281-341-4665
CenterPoint Energy: 713-659-2111
Power Outage - CenterPoint Energy: 713-207-2222
If you see an alligator or an animal emergency: 281-842-8100.
Alligators can not stay in fast moving floodwaters for long and seek slow water to ride out the storm. If you see a gator during the storm, as long as its not in a road or knocking on your door leave it alone until the storm passes.
To keep track of high water on roadways: http://traffic.houstontranstar.org/layers/
To keep track of Harvey: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
To keep track of weather related to Harvey: http://www.weather.gov/
To keep track of Bayou and River levels: http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/index.aspx?page=1045
To report storm damage: http://fbcoem.org/report-damage/
We have also received questions as to the safety of mobile homes as Harvey moves through the area. While we should escape the highest winds, there is a possibility of direct line gusts approaching 60-65 mph during heavier rain events, and a heightened risk of tornadoes from the bigger storm cells. If you, or someone you know, lives in a mobile home the safest course would be to secure the property and shelter in a more secure location until the worst has passed us by.