The City of Kemah Emergency Management continues to monitor the possible weather developments making their way towards our region. As we continue to track these developments, now is a good time to review your significant weather event 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:
A cold front will be moving through the area Friday overnight into Saturday morning. Most of the rain activity associated with the front should mainly be along and south of the I-10 corridor. The main impact from the cold front will be the strong gusty northerly winds developing in the wake of the front, bringing Gale conditions across the coastal waters. In addition, a Wind Advisory may be issued for the southern portions of the region, in particular the Barrier Islands.
Breezy conditions will result in wind chill values in the 20s Sunday morning and Monday morning.
A strong cold front will move through the Gulf waters on Saturday ushering in a strong northwesterly wind. Small Craft Advisory conditions could begin Saturday morning, with Gale conditions possibly developing Saturday afternoon/evening. Northwesterly winds of 25 to 30 kts and gusts to 40 kts will be possible causing offshore wave heights to climb to 6 to 8 ft for the nearshore waters and 8 to 12 ft for the offshore waters. Depending on how strong the offshore flow is, there is a chance for low tide levels for the Bays with tides possibly around 1 to 2 ft below MLLW Sunday morning.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact the National Weather Service office at the phone numbers listed in the Resources section above.