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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



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


* 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


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.


* 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.



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


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


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.