Valentine's Day Storm May Hit Hardest at Lunchtime


The Houston area should "expect severe weather" Tuesday, the National Weather Service says.

Look for the worst of it sometime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday -- a timetable that stands to wreak havoc with -- or at least soak -- the lunchtime plans of lovebirds for Valentine's Day.

WHAT YOU MIGHT SEE

The National Weather Service says potential hazards from the weather system may include:

--A brief, heavy downpour at a rate of up to 2 inches per hour.

--Strong winds.

--Dangerous lightning and possibly tornadoes.

HOW TO PREPARE NOW

Houston's Office of Emergency Management is telling residents to begin preparing for the possible impact. It suggestions:

--Remove outdoor items which can be tossed by strong wind gusts and secure them.

--Be prepared to stay in place if dangerous flooding occurs in your area.

--Communicate with your family ahead of time about what to do if you can't get home at a normal time because of the heavy rain.

--Have a plan to shelter-in-place at your home, school or business.

--If a TORNADO WARNING is issued in your area, seek shelter immediately in an interior room on the lowest floor possible.

--If a FLASH FLOOD WARNING is issued for your area, seek higher ground and avoid travel until the warning expires.

WHAT TO DO AFTERWARD

If you see damage from the storm, wait until it's safe and call the 311 Help & Information Line by calling 311 or (713-837-0311), online at houston311.org, or use the Houston 311 App for iOS and Android.

People are asked to report:

--Trees or debris in city roadways.

--Street flooding.

--Flooding in homes or businesses.

Stay tuned to NewsRadio 740 KTRH or follow the station on Faebook and Twitter for updates and any emergency information.


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