The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued flash flood advisories across the southern US as of Friday, May 10, as a large weather system continues to bring heavy rains in southeast Texas and the lower Mississippi River Valley. Flash flood watches and flood warnings have been issued in Texas state, Louisiana state, Arkansas state, and Mississippi state through Saturday, May 11, as severe weather capable of bringing heavy rains, damaging winds, and large hail passes through the area.
Severe thunderstorms and torrential rain have resulted in flooding and power outages across the Houston metropolitan area as of Friday, May 10. The Houston area recorded up to 15 cm (6 in) of rain during the overnight hours (local time) of May 9-10, prompting officials at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to order a temporary ground stop at 01:00 on Friday. Significant traffic disruptions have also been reported throughout the Houston area; emergency management officials have urged motorists to stay off flooded roads until flood waters recede.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. road closures, evacuations), anticipate power outages and transportation disruptions, including dangerous driving conditions, and remember that 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; items having come into contact with floodwater should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.
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