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01 Nov 2018 | 03:03 PM UTC

US: Flash flooding and power outages in Houston Oct. 31 – Nov. 1

United States of America News Alert

Flash flooding, road transportation disruptions, and power outages reported in Houston October 31 – November 1; lingering disruptions possible over the coming hours

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/1/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/1/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Chicago). COUNTRY/REGION Houston, Liberty (Texas)

Event

Thunderstorms resulted in localized flash flooding and consequent road transportation disruptions in the Houston area (Texas) on the afternoon and evening (local time) of Wednesday, October 31. Thousands of people in the area were reported without power on Wednesday night; though power has been restored to most affected customers as of Thursday morning, isolated lingering power outages are possible over the coming hours.

As of Thursday morning, a flood warning remains in effect for the Trinity River in nearby Liberty (Texas). River-adjacent flooding is possible in the area over the coming hours and days, which may obstruct roads.  

Advice

Individuals in the affected areas should monitor local weather reports, confirm travel plans, avoid low-lying areas, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Remember that walking or driving through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater and chemical products; all items having come into contact with floodwater should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.

 

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