Hurricane Season begins June 1 annually, and continues to November 30, each year. In Fort Bend County, hurricane damage occurs from a combination of high winds, inland flooding, and tornadoes.
High winds from 74 mph to over 200 mph can easily topple power lines, uproot trees, and knock down buildings as far as 175 miles from coastal areas. If Hurricane Rita had come ashore anywhere from Matagorda Bay to Galveston Bay, Fort Bend County would have surely seen damage from high winds.
Flooding caused by torrential rains is probably the greatest threat that storms pose to inland counties such as Fort Bend. Hurricane Claudette (1979) dumped 45 inches of rain near Alvin, Texas and Tropical Storm Allison dumped 36 inches of rain over parts of Harris County in 2001. More recently, Hurricane Harvey dropped 35 inches of rain in some parts of the County.
Tornadoes are often spawned by hurricanes and can occur well away from the center of a storm. In 2004, Hurricane Francis spawned a record 123 tornadoes.
2020 Hurricane Outlook
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is predicted to be more active than usual, according to an outlook released Thursday by the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project.
The group led by Dr. Phil Klotzbach calls for 16 named storms, eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes. A major hurricane is one that is Category 3 or higher (115-plus-mph winds) on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
This forecast is above the 30-year average (1981 to 2010) of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.
Of course, it only takes one hurricane hitting Fort Bend County for us to be negatively impacted. Read through the information below to be sure you’re hurricane smart!
- Avoiding Hurricane Damage
- 2020 Hurricane Evacuation Routes
- Sea Surface Temperature Animation
- CenterPoint Energy Electric Outage Tracker
- Hurricane Ike – One Lab’s Experience
- Urban Forest Hurricane Recovery Program
- Hurricane Simulation