On Monday, Jan 7 at 2:38, the City of Houston issued a press release announcing the activation of the Emergency Operations Center as a severe thunderstorm storm system approached. The storms are expected to bring heavy rains, damaging winds, with possible tornadoes and flash flooding.
The OEM website includes links to the latest alerts, warnings, and reports of the National Weather Service in addition to information on local hazards.
The large, slow-moving storm system can bring 4-7 inches of rain to some areas. Rain is expected to continue throughout the region for the next 48 hours.
As of 3:00 PM, flash flood warnings were in effect until Thursday evening.
The official press release follows:
HOUSTON - In response to the severe weather outbreak impacting Houston, the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will partially activate the City's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) later today. Personnel from OEM, Houston Police Department, Houston Fire Department, and Public Works & Engineering will be at the EOC throughout the night and as long as needed tomorrow.
Located at the Houston Emergency Center (HEC) at 5320 N Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX 77019 in Independence Heights, the EOC is the central location for emergency response coordination for the City of Houston.
Residents are urged to pay attention to local media weather reports, National Weather Service alerts and warnings, and to follow official sources of information on social media.
Media can call the following hot line for information:
(832) 224-NEWS (6397)
Houston Residents can call 311 or visit Houston311.org to report street flooding, residential or business flooding, and debris or trees in the roadway,