HOUSTON (FOX 26/AP) - The National Weather Service has confirmed that two EF-0 tornadoes struck in Riverside and Splendora but left no significant damage on Sunday.
By 3 p.m. Sunday, most weather alerts were canceled or allowed to expire for several southeast Texas counties. A severe thunderstorm warning for Wharton County and Matagorda County expired at 6:45 p.m. Sunday.
Following the tornado watch announcement on Sunday morning, the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management released the following statement:
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Tornado Watch for most of southeast Texas, including Montgomery and Harris Counties until 6:00pm Sunday.
This means conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes throughout the area. Houston residents should prepare in the event they have to seek shelter.
Additionally, Houston still remains under risk of heavy rainfall, damaging winds and hail as storm systems move through southeast Texas.
What Should I Do?
The City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) advises Houston residents to begin preparing for the potential impacts:
- Remove all 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 in the event of severe weather.
- Have a plan to shelter-in-place at your home, school or business.
- Be prepared for Power Outages. Make sure your family has working flashlights or battery-powered lanterns. Also, sign up for CenterPoint Energy's Power Alert Service to get the latest information on power restoration
- If a TORNADO WARNING is issued for your area, seek shelter immediately in an interior room on the lowest floor possible. Remember, Get In. Get Low. Hold On.
- If a FLASH FLOOD WARNING is issued for your area, seek higher ground and avoid travel until the warning expires.
- If flash flooding occurs, avoid travel until the storm clears, and avoid low-lying areas.
If you see damage from the storm, when it is safe, report it to the 311 Help & Information Line by calling 311 (713-837-0311), online at houston311.org, or via the Houston 311 App for iOS and Android.
You can report:
- Trees or debris in City roadways
- Street Flooding
- Flooding in Homes or Businesses
A storm system rumbling eastward through Texas toward the lower Mississippi Valley could pelt the region with large hail and cause flash-flooding and spawn tornadoes.
A Texas state trooper reported seeing a tornado touchdown early Sunday morning in near Center Point, Texas, about 55 miles (89 kilometers) northwest of San Antonio, Texas. National Weather Service meteorologist Yvette Benavides with the Austin/San Antonio office said the trooper reported seeing the tornado touch down about 8 a.m., but there were no reports of major or structural damage related to the sighting.
The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center says the storms are likely to cause significant wind damage near the Interstate 20 corridor in east Texas and Louisiana throughout the day and into Sunday night. It says there is a risk of baseball-sized hail and tornadoes, including strong ones, in that area.
The weather service offices in Austin/San Antonio and Fort Worth had received reports of minor wind damage to trees, up to quarter-sized hail and minor flooding in south central Texas areas.
The storms will also pass through southern Arkansas and central and southern Mississippi.
The Houston Children’s Festival released the following statement on Sunday morning:
The McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival has canceled all festival activities scheduled for Sunday, April 2, 2017, due to severe weather moving through the Metro Houston area.
“After careful consideration, the McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival will cancel today’s festival activities. As a benefactor for Child Advocates, we stand for the safety of children and families. We hope that while some may be disappointed, all will agree that safety is our number one concern” stated Tony Terwilliger, Festival Director.