For outsiders, weather in Houston looks a bit too extreme, but for people living there the caprices of the nature leave them without words, at times. Now, only two weeks after a heavy deluge, Houston weather forecasts for the coming days warn again about storms and floods.
Tuesday night’s rain showers will develop into a full range storm as a low pressure system will move in New Mexico and bring intense storms. Meteorologists expect the city and surrounding counties to get 1 to 2 inches of rain, a lot of thunder and lightning and even isolated tornadoes.
KPRC Local 2 chief meteorologist Frank Billingsley said: “I think we’re going to start seeing things tomorrow morning on the west side and then in Houston right around noon. It’s so foggy outside…we’re really going to have to watch this”. Billingsley added that the situation “could wring out the atmosphere and produce heavy rain in some areas. Flooding is certainly not out of the question”.
Billingsley pointed out that “one to 3 inches (of rain) will be fairly common. Some isolated areas will get 4 to 6 inches” and that’s the sort of situation that can cause flooding problems.
Meteorologist Anthony Yanez, also with KPRC Local 2, expects “a lot of thunder and lightning, and possibly a tornado as it spins on through”.
Although flooding is the most common natural hazard people in Houston have to deal with, there still are a lot that take the problem too lightly, according to officials. City officials warn that 6 inches of water can cause tires to lose traction and slide, while 12 inches of water can cause cars to float. Fire officials remind citizens to “turn around, don’t drown”, meaning you should avoid going into a flooded road.
People all over Houston have already started to prepare for the upcoming storm. Only two weeks ago the area had gone through a flood. Khou.com writes that outside the Tejano Center on Tuesday, there were already stacked sandbags around the front doors.
Lewis Toussant, placement coordinator for the Tejano Center, said that during the last flooding everything that was down near the floor was lost, as the water was high as 15 inches inside the building.