The City of Kemah Emergency Management continues to monitor the possible tropical developments making their way towards the Gulf of Mexico. As we continue to track these developments, now is a good time to review your severe/tropical weather preparedness plans.
In addition to our Emergency Preparedness document for a quick overview of what you will need to be aware of during events like this, we also highly recommend visiting www.GCOEM.org to download the Galveston County Emergency and Disaster Guide. It is filled with tips and information to help you prepare.
The City of Kemah urges you to please stay abreast of weather developments by following local weather news reports for Galveston County. And observing communications from the US National Weather Service Houston-Galveston Texas for the latest information.
The National Weather Service has produced the following information:
We are continuing to monitor the tropics for possible tropical cyclone development in the northwestern Caribbean Sea or southwestern Gulf of Mexico by the end of the week or weekend. This system could bring storm surge, wind, and heavy rainfall to portions of the coasts of Louisiana and Texas early next week. High winds and seas will also be possible across the marine areas. Exactly where these impacts will occur will depend strongly on track and this remains highly uncertain since the system has yet to form. All should closely monitor the progress of this system and ensure they have their hurricane plan in place. Stay tuned!
An area of low pressure is expected to form over the southwestern Caribbean Sea in a couple of days becoming a tropical cyclone later this week or this weekend as it moves towards the Yucatan Peninsula. It will then move into the South-Central Gulf of Mexico and then track WNW or NNW through the Gulf of Mexico, likely toward the Texas or Louisiana coasts. The cyclone has the potential to become a hurricane as it crosses the warm waters of the Gulf.
- Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...50 percent
- Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent
- Stay tuned for updates as the forecast track is uncertain and could change. Now is the time to review your hurricane plans and prepare.
National Weather Service Resources
NWS Houston Galveston Phone Numbers: (281) 337-5074 ext. 234 or ext. 232
NWS Houston/Galveston Webpage: www.weather.gov/houston
National Hurricane Center Webpage: www.hurricanes.gov
Hourly Forecasts (Click Your Location):
West Gulf River Forecast Center Webpage: www.weather.gov/wgrfc
AHPS Webpage: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=hgx
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact the National Weather Service at the phone numbers listed above.