The City of San Antonio and Bexar County encourage residents and businesses to be informed and prepared for severe weather. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Bexar County from noon today thru noon on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.
Residents should expect heavy rainfall along with some severe thunderstorms. The main concerns with these thunderstorms will be damaging winds and large hail. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out for areas generally along and east of I-35. Right now the highest tornado potential appears to be East and Southeast of the Austin/San Antonio metro areas. Heavy rainfall will lead to increased flows of creeks and low water crossings.
Always remember that the majority of flash flood deaths occur at nighttime. Since we are expecting heavy rains late Tuesday night into early Wednesday, remember to “Turn Around Don’t Drown.”
The City/County Office of Emergency Management will continue to monitor the progress of the approaching storms and have emergency personnel and equipment standing by. Additionally, residents should take extra precautions to prepare for severe weather. High winds can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Loose items in yards such as lawn furniture, bird feeders, and trash cans should be secured.
Residents and business owners are highly encouraged to purchase a NOAA Weather Radio. The use of weather radios, as well as monitoring local news and radio coverage, are the best means by which to receive vital information from the National Weather Service before and during a severe weather the event.
For more information on how your family or business may better prepare for severe weather and other emergencies including street closures, please visit safloodsafe.com