A particularly dangerous and emergent flood situation is underway in far Southeast Texas. Ten to fifteen inches of rain has fallen in the past several hours in Beaumont, Vidor, Mauriceville, southwest to Winnie and into eastern Liberty county. Additional heavy rainfall continues in the area with hourly rainfall rates of three to six inches per hour occurring. We also note heavy storms firing back as far west as The Woodlands in the northern Houston metro. That activity will slowly move east into the Golden Triangle over the coming hours. That activity will also begin producing heavy rainfall and potential flash flooding in the northeastern Houston metro. Conditions will likely remain the same or become worse for the next several hours – probably through the sunrise (at least).
Flash flood emergencies are rare and only issued for the most extreme flood events. For example, numerous emergencies were issued during Harvey in 2017. This event is much, much more localized than Harvey. There is a severe threat to human life and catastrophic damage from a flash flood is imminent, or ongoing with water rescues underway. Do NOT travel in the most severely impacted regions until conditions improve. Numerous roadways are underwater and you may not be able to see them given the time of night. Travel only if in an emergency situation or if needed to evacuate.
Flash Flood Warning
National Weather Service Lake Charles LA
1236 AM CDT Thu Sep 19 2019
…FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FOR PORTIONS OF BEAUMONT AND VIDOR…
The National Weather Service in Lake Charles has issued a
* Flash Flood Warning for…
North central Jefferson County in southeastern Texas…
Central Orange County in southeastern Texas…
* Until 230 AM CDT.
* At 1233 AM CDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing
heavy rain across the warned area. 5 TO 10 inches of rain have
fallen. Flash flooding is occurring with reports of evacuations
and water rescues within the area.
THIS IS A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FOR PORTIONS OF BEAUMONT AND
VIDOR. This is a PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION. SEEK HIGHER
* Some locations that will experience flooding include…
Beaumont, Port Arthur, Vidor, Rose City and Fannett.
FLASH FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAKE CHARLES LA
1251 AM CDT THU SEP 19 2019
…FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FOR PARTS OF CENTRAL AND WEST CENTRAL
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LAKE CHARLES HAS ISSUED A
* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
CENTRAL AND WEST CENTRAL JEFFERSON COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN TEXAS…
* UNTIL 245 AM CDT.
* AT 1247 AM CDT, DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE
WARNED AREA. AROUND 8 TO 10 INCHES HAS ALREADY FALLEN FALLEN OVER
THE PAST 3 HOURS. FLASH FLOODING IS ALREADY OCCURRING.
THIS IS A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FOR CENTRAL AND WEST CENTRAL
JEFFERSON COUNTY. THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION. SEEK
HIGHER GROUND NOW!
* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
HAMSHIRE AND LA BELLE.