Fort Bend Office of Emergency Management Update – Tropical Depression Harvey

The Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management has provided the following update regarding Tropical Depression Harvey.

Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management (FBC OEM) is monitoring Tropical Depression Harvey in the Gulf.  FBC OEM is currently at Level III (Increased Readiness).

Below is a summary from the latest National Weather Service information:

  • The remnants of Harvey are now a tropical depression and will most likely soon become a tropical storm
  • Harvey is forecast to be a strong tropical storm or weak hurricane
  • A Tropical Storm Watch was issued at 10am for several counties, including Fort Bend County
  • Harvey is forecast to make landfall on the mid Texas coast on Friday
  • There is the potential for the system to slow down after landfall and then move slowly east or northeast – this will impact our area
  • The earliest tropical storm force winds will impact our area is Thursday night but it more likely that we will begin experiencing these winds Friday morning
    • It is likely that we will experience tropical storm force winds throughout the weekend and into Monday
  • It should be noted that tornadoes are possible in the spiral bands mainly on the right side of the track – this includes our area
  • With landfall and then a slow track east and/or northeast means we could experience periods of heavy rain Friday through Monday
  • NWS thinks that coastal counties will get about 10-15 inches of rain with up to 20 inches of rain possible
    • Counties well inland will experience less
  • We will most likely begin to see rain from this system Friday afternoon
  • Flash flood watches will be likely in our area as we get closer to the event
  • It should be noted that there is still uncertainty in the track of the system, which will affect rainfall totals in our area – we hope to have a more refined forecast later this evening on in the morning.

Under categories on the bottom right of the FBCMUD 146 homepage is a link to useful Emergency Preparedness articles, information and resources or click on the following link:

http://www.fbmud146.org/category/emergency-preparedness/

Emergency Preparedness Planning – Are You Prepared?

If you have lived in the greater Houston area for any length of time you know the question on everyone’s mind isn’t if a catastrophic event will occur, but when will it occur?  Whether it is flooding like we have seen in the recent year or a hurricane or tropical storm, emergency preparedness isn’t just smart planning, it is a necessity.

Fortunately, Fort Bend County is better prepared for a disaster than many other Counties in the nation. It only take one catastrophic event impacting the Houston area to cause damage to your home or business.  Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District NO. 146 (FBCMUD146) wants to help our community plan and prepare for the unexpected by providing you with information and useful resources that can assist you in your efforts.  On the District’s website you will find numerous links to emergency preparedness websites and helpful phone numbers that will help you not only plan for an event, but help you stay abreast of the event as it unfolds.

So please visit our website at www.FBMUD146.org and let us help you stay safe and prepared.  Also visit http://www.fbcoem.org/go/doctype/1528/22662/ to receive emergency alerts from Fort Bend County.

The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season is a current event in the annual tropical cyclone season in the northern hemisphere; the season officially began on June 1st and ends on November 30, 2016.