Texas: Severe Flooding Expected, Could Be “Catastrophic”
After Texas received an unusually high amount of rainfall in the month of May, more rains and possible flooding is expected to occur in the Lone Star State.
While Houston ordinarily receives 5.09 inches of rainfall in May, this year it more than doubled, recording 14.17 inches, according to AccuWeather. Flooding has been a major concern in the state where other areas have been affected as well.
A tropical system, bringing along thunderstorms, showers and more flooding, is arriving in Texas. Rob Richards, a Meteorologist with AccuWeather, said, “Flooding rainfall will return to southeastern Texas and Louisiana this weekend due to this plume of moisture.”
The forecast for Houston read, “Through Wednesday, widespread rainfall totals could easily average 6 to 8 inches with some amounts exceeding 10 inches.” There is a high likelihood that a dangerous flooding will occur in the area.
According to local officials, the event can be “possibly catastrophic.”
Harris County Emergency Management said, “While high winds and even tornadoes are possible, already wet grounds mean that even a moderate amount of rain will likely cause street flooding. Bayous and rivers could go out of banks quickly creating a serious threat to life and property.”
CNN meteorologist Jennifer Gray said that the rains could cause “the second major flooding event for Texas in less than a month.
“This disturbance will move over portions of Texas that are already so saturated…more flash flooding will be a concern,” Gray said.
Since Memorial Day weekend, the massive flooding has resulted in at least 23 deaths in the state.
However, there are chances of possible danger outside Texas as well.
Gray said, “A lot of moisture will be pumping into Louisiana as well. As the storm moves north, flooding near the Red River — which is already swollen to its limits — will be just as much a concern.”
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