The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 9.33. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River through Fort Bend County is anticipated.
Hurricane Hanna has caused major flooding in portions of South Texas and along the Rio Grande Valley with the watershed receiving over 15 inches of rainfall over the weekend.
Across our Region, including Fort Bend County, Hanna produced between 2 to 4.5 inches with some isolated areas receiving closer to 5 to 6 inches. These higher amounts were primarily located in southeast Houston. This week our rain chances continue with a 50 to 75% chance for showers through Thursday. Our high temperatures will be in the upper 80s to low 90s with our low temperatures in the upper 70s.
Based on the current 7-Day Quantitative Precipitation Forecast (QPF), the lower Brazos River Watershed, including Fort Bend County, could see less than 1/2 inch of rainfall over the next 7 days.
The NHC is continuing to watch a potential disturbance in the Atlantic which has a 80% Chance of Developing into a Tropical System over the next 5 days. The current models suggest this system could work its way west toward the United States before turning north along the Florida Coast. It is too early to have 100% confidence in the current modeling, so we will continue to monitor the development of this system.
Tropical Storm Hanna caused minimal impact to our Region, but should be a good reminder of the importance of planning for severe weather. We are approaching the Historical Peak Period of Tropical Activity (August and September). Do not wait until the next Tropical System develops in the Gulf. Please use this time to review your personal and professional Hurricane Season preparations. For more information, please visit NWS Flood Safety, Ready.gov, and FloodSmart.gov.