Update 2:10 p.m.:
The Houston Independent School District just announced that all athletic events scheduled for Tuesday have been canceled. The district says it will update its website if and when any closures for Wednesday are announced.
Not surprisingly, flying out of Houston in the near future will be quite the headache. According to FlightAware's "Misery Map," some 58 flights out of IAH are currently delayed and two have been canceled. Which is better than in Dallas, which has seen 156 flights delayed and another 16 canceled.
Update 11:30 a.m.:
The city of Houston just issued a statement warning people to “avoid non-essential travel beginning Tuesday evening,” when severe weather is expected to hit the Houston area. Officials have put Houston under a flash flood watch from noon Tuesday until 6 p.m. Wednesday. The National Weather Service is warning that rainfall totals in some isolated areas could hit seven to ten inches between now and Thursday. Officials are still warning that storms developing this afternoon could cause severe winds and even tornadoes in the area:
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If you were looking for an excuse to get away from fluorescent lights and white walls and to work from home for once, then that excuse may have just arrived.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe storm warning for Houston, starting this afternoon and carrying into Wednesday morning. The threat of a tornado is on the table starting this evening, only increasing into Wednesday morning (sleep tight!).
You can also expect to see some heavy flooding by Wednesday morning, too. Harris County emergency management officials are expecting most areas to see three to six inches of rain Tuesday, with isolated areas seeing as much as six to eight inches. With winds up to 15 to 20 miles an hour, probably best to start bringing in those chairs on the balcony. Scattered showers and storms may continue through Friday, though will start to lose intensity after Wednesday.
Nothing like some spring showers to drown those newly planted flowers.