FORT BEND COUNTY, TX- Today around noon Tropical Storm Harvey became Hurricane Harvey. Fort Bend County is now under both a Flash Flood Watch and a Tropical Storm Warning. The Emergency Operations Center will activate tomorrow morning at 7:00 A.M. and begin 24-hour operations .
Now that there is a more defined center of the storm, officials have a better idea of what to expect.
We expect Hurricane Harvey to be a Major Hurricane at landfall tomorrow evening in the mid-Texas coast. Tropical Storm-force winds will affect Fort Bend County Friday afternoon ahead of the storm, and we expect anywhere between 15 and 25 inches of rain between now and Tuesday.
Due to the amounts of rain and wind we are expecting, please take action now to protect yourself and your family:
- Bring inside or securely tie down anything that could become a projectile in high winds like patio furniture, pool toys, BBQ grills, and lawn tools
- Make sure you have enough clean drinking water for everyone in your house, meaning one gallon of water per person per day at least, and don’t forget your pets too
- Make sure your gas tanks are full and your cars are in the garage or stored safely before the storm makes landfall
- Fill or refill any prescriptions before the storm comes and make sure any medication you need is in a place where it is easy to find and waterproof
- Consider making alternate arrangements for events scheduled over the weekend so you can stay safe if things get messy
- Talk over your plans with your family and friends and make sure you know what you will do if you get separated or lose contact
- Check in with your neighbors and make sure they don’t need any additional help
- Do not drive through flooded roadways, Turn around, don’t drown!
- Get fresh batteries for your portable radio and write down the frequencies of the local news radio stations so you can keep getting information if your power’s out and your phone does not work
- Like the Fort Bend County OEM Facebook page and follow our Twitter account, we’ll be sharing and retweeting from helpful partners as well with a fully staffed Joint Information Center
For more information contact:
Fort Bend County Emergency Operations Center