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Tropical Storm Harvey Local Statement Advisory Number 40
National Weather Service Houston/Galveston TX  AL092017
422 AM CDT Wed Aug 30 2017

This product covers Southeast Texas

**HARVEY MAKES LANDFALL JUST WEST OF CAMERON LOUISIANA** 


NEW INFORMATION
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* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - All watches and warnings have been canceled

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - None

* STORM INFORMATION:
    - About 90 miles east-northeast of Galveston TX
    - 29.8N 93.4W
    - Storm Intensity 45 mph
    - Movement North-northeast or 30 degrees at 7 mph

SITUATION OVERVIEW
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Remaining light rain over the far eastern counties should continue
to push off to the east, with improving weather conditions expected
through the day today. However, catastrophic flooding across the
Houston metro area remains with water rescues and evacuations still
ongoing across the area. The effect of this historic river and bayou
flooding will remain ongoing long after the rains end. Water in area
bays and coastal waters will remain elevated due to the excessive
freshwater runoff over at least the next several days. The potential
for tropical storm force winds has decreased and pushed eastward
out of the area. The tornado threat also remains to the east and out
of our area. Although the threat for additional hazards is decreasing,
the ongoing catastrophic flooding across the region continues to pose a
tremendous threat to life and property. 

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
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* FLOODING RAIN:
Little to no additional impacts are anticipated at this time 
across Southeast Texas.

* WIND:
Little to no additional impacts are anticipated at this time 
across Southeast Texas.

* SURGE:
Little to no additional impacts are anticipated at this time 
across Southeast Texas.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
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* EVACUATIONS:

Do not return to evacuated areas until it is safe. 
Listen for the all-clear signal from local authorities.

* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:

If your home or shelter was damaged, be alert to the smell of natural 
gas leaks and cautious around exposed electrical wiring, broken 
glass, jagged metal and wood, and protruding nails and screws.

Check to see if everyone in your group is OK. Administer first aid to 
those who are injured. Call 9 1 1 for any serious injuries. Remember, 
it may be more difficult for emergency responders to arrive quickly 
in the time period immediately following the storm.

Check-in with your emergency points of contact. Let them know of your 
status and well-being. Keep conversations short and to the point. Do 
not tie up communications systems.

Be a good neighbor and check on those living next to you. Be 
neighborly and lend a helping hand.

Those who rode out the storm away from their home or business are 
likely anxious to return. However, allow some time for work crews to 
make a clear path for emergency vehicles. Downed power lines and 
trees may be blocking roads and flood waters may have washed out or 
overspread sections of key travel routes. Traffic lights may also be 
out of service.

Do not attempt to return to evacuated areas until local authorities 
give the All-Clear signal.

Do not go sightseeing within impacted communities simply to observe 
storm damage. Sightseers can interfere with the timeliness of 
rescuers and first responders to needlessly jeopardize lives.

When inspecting damage, use flashlights rather than candles or flamed 
lighting. Be aware of sparks that can ignite leaking gas or other 
flammables.

Do not go up on your roof until the rain and strong winds have 
subsided. Ladders can be slippery in the rain and unexpected wind 
gusts can blow you off of the roof. Do not risk bodily harm in an 
attempt to reduce property damage.

When clearing out fallen trees, be careful with chain saws and axes. 
Always wear protective gear and keep others at a safe distance. Use 
these tools according to operating manuals and safety instruction. 
Leaning trees and those which have fallen on roof tops can be 
especially challenging. If you are not in good health or unsure about 
what you are doing, have someone else with tree cutting experience do 
the job. Never cut trees without a partner.

If using a generator, avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by following 
instructions by the manufacturer. Make sure that the generator is run 
in a well ventilated space.

Problems with sewer backups can further contaminate standing flood 
waters. Keep children away. Also, listen for boil water alerts 
relative to communities whose tap water may have become non-potable.


* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
- For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov
- For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org
- For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org

NEXT UPDATE
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As it pertains to this event...this will be the last local statement 
issued by the National Weather Service in Houston/Galveston TX 
regarding the effects of tropical cyclone hazards upon the area.

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