UPDATE, 10:40 a.m.: Houston has deactivated its Emergency Operations Center, citing no reports of flooding or structural damage from the storms.
UPDATE, 9:43 a.m.: Hobby Airport is reporting delayed flights. Bush Intercontinental Airport reported 84 delays and a ground stop for all arrivals until 9:15 a.m.
Houston put the city's Emergency Operations Center on increased readiness Tuesday morning, as forecasters predict strong thunderstorms to sweep the region.
The Houston/Galveston branch of the National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 1 p.m., for most of the region. A tornado warning, which indicates that conditions favoring the formation of a twister are already occurring, has been issued for Wharton, northwest Brazoria, south central Harris and Fort Bend counties.
The storms may also bring winds capable of toppling trees and power lines, hail, and rainfall amounts exceeding two inches per hour.
METRO has alerted bus and light rail riders to anticipate delays on their morning commute. The No. 4 bus may be significantly delayed because of high water on Beechnut.
We will update this story as the day progresses.
At 9:30 a.m. - 8 delays to/from HOU. For detailed flight info, pls contact your airline. Stay tuned to https://t.co/xXGny9BsjP for updates.— Hobby Airport (@HobbyAirport) February 14, 2017
At 9:30 a.m. - 84 delays to/from IAH. For detailed flight info, pls contact your airline. Stay tuned to https://t.co/UUHXlEtUIi for updates.— Houston Bush Airport (@iah) February 14, 2017
Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.