With Bellaire and West University part of a flash flood watch until 7 p.m. Saturday, and the possibility of hail, dangerous thunderstorms and up to 10 inches of rain in some areas, we’re urging you to keep this list of resources nearby, the ones we turn to during severe weather, as featured in the May edition of Essentials Magazine:
Everyone has a pet meteorologist to follow during severe weather, but we offer these suggestions to help you monitor both general and neighborhood-specific conditions on your own.
HARRIS COUNTY FLOOD WARNING SYSTEM: You can keep this up and refresh it on your computer or mobile device to track rainfall and bayou conditions in our areas. The HCFWS can be your comforting best friend or your best early-warning system to make emergency plans. HarrisCountyFWS.org
SPACE CITY WEATHER: This multi-platform weather blog, which touts its “hype-free forecasts,” is science-based and not beholden to ratings. (The site is in its second year of sponsorship by Reliant Energy.) The result is calm, insightful, accurate reporting without hysterics through their SpaceCityWeather.com website and timely Facebook and Twitter accounts.
JEFF LINDNER: Harris County meteorologist and Flood Control District director of flooding operations made a name for himself with his demeanor and vast knowledge during Harvey briefings with local and national media. His Twitter account, @jefflindner1, is a solid source on local weather through his own observations and his retweets of all kinds of other trusted authorities.
CENTERPOINT ENERGY OUTAGE TRACKER: Don’t just complain on social media about your power being out. Use Centerpoint Energy’s Outage Tracker to report your outage, check on outages in your neighborhood or the entire region, and learn when your power is expected to return.