Severe Storms Ahead for Montgomery County
Status Update from the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 22, 2020
An upper level trough will move across the southern plains and into Montgomery County this afternoon. This feature will produce scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms as it moves east, and some of these storms will be strong to severe. The primary severe weather hazards include: very large hail (2 inch diameter hail possible in the Enhanced Area), damaging winds (wind gusts exceeding 60 mph), isolated tornadoes, brief periods of heavy rain (Rain rates up to 2 inches per hour over the far north). These storms should begin to develop between noon and 1:00 PM over the northwest and slowly expand to the southwest as the system moves off to the east.
It is important as we move into our spring storms and hurricane season that the citizens of Montgomery County start to get prepared. This weekend, April 25-27, is the sales tax holiday for Emergency Supplies. A press release from the Texas Comptroller’s Office issued the following statement regarding this weekend and COVID-19, “As the nation continues to shelter in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is urging Texans to shop online or practice strict social distancing measures for in-store purchases during the sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies. The primary intent of the law that established this holiday, which begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, and ends at midnight on Monday, April 27, is to help Texans prepare for events like hurricanes and turbulent spring storms.”
See the Texas Comptroller website for more information and qualifying items. https://comptroller.texas.gov/about/media-center/news/2020/200414-sales-tax-emergency-holiday.php?fbclid=IwAR0txIVQSd2HQvOxmgIBZmkJRishfIXcNQUp-oYT7vH31_ur6XbXEGfmDUM
Also to receive emergency alerts to your phone or email from Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, register at http://www.mc911.org/page/ecd.AlertMCTX. When you are creating your profile, you must check the box next to Share my Smart911 Profile with TX-Montgomery-County-911 to support emergency preparedness.
Stay informed and monitor conditions for Montgomery County and the surrounding area on the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management website www.mctxoem.org, Facebook, or twitter, NOAA Weather Radio, KStar 99.7FM.
The Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will continue to monitor the weather situation and provide updates as we receive them.