FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING

AUSTIN, April 18, 2016 - THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HOUSTON/GALVESTON HAS EXPANDED THE

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH TO INCLUDE A PORTION OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING BRAZORIA...CHAMBERS...FORT ...BEND... GALVESTON...HARRIS...JACKSON...LIBERTY...MATAGORDA... MONTGOMERY...POLK...SAN JACINTO...TRINITY...WALKER...WALLER AND WHARTON.

* THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING

* THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP AND MOVE INTO THE WATCH AREA FROM CENTRAL TEXAS. SOME OF THESE STORMS WILL BE CAPABLE OF VERY HEAVY RAINFALL WHICH MAY PRODUCING FLASH FLOODING. SOME STORMS MAY MOVE OVER SOME OF THE SAME AREAS THAT RECEIVED HEAVY RAINFALL WHICH WILL ONLY PROLONG THE THREAT FOR FLASH FLOODING. THE GREATEST THREAT FOR FLASH FLOODING APPEARS TO BE FROM COLLEGE STATION TO CROCKETT TONIGHT INTO MONDAY MORNING. ANOTHER ROUND OF STORMS COULD AFFECT THE SAME AREA MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY. THE THREAT FOR FLOODING MAY EXPAND DURING THIS TIME TO INCLUDE THE HOUSTON AREA AND GULF COAST. THREE DAY RAINFALL AMOUNTS FROM TODAY THROUGH TUESDAY ARE EXPECTED TO BE AROUND 3 TO 5 INCHES ACROSS THE AREA WITH ISOLATED AMOUNTS OF GREATER THAN 8 INCHES.

* FLOODING IMPACTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE FLOODING OF LOW LYING ROADS AND LOW WATER CROSSINGS. EXPECT RAPID INCREASES ON AREA RIVERS AND CREEKS. PROLONGED RIVER FLOODING COULD RESULT FROM RUNOFF OF THE EXCESSIVE RAINFALL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

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