Emergency operations are asking people to stay indoors unless you need to get out for emergency purposes. Our operator is out throughout the neighborhood working very hard to keep our systems operating. Our crews are addressing emergency situations such as line breaks and drainage systems. Our water system continues to operate safely. Our storm water pump stations are operational. Rest assured that our water is safe.
As of noon today, Harvey has been upgraded to a Category 1 Hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 85 MPH. As shown on the forecast, Harvey will continue to move in a northwesterly direction making landfall early Saturday morning. Harvey will continue to strengthen and is predicted to hit landfill as a Category 3 Hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 125 MPH.
The models continue to show significant rainfall projected for the Texas Coast and this has remained unchanged for the past 24 hours. Harvey could bring widespread rainfall of 10 to 15 inches with isolated peaks of 20 to 30 inches throughout the storm’s impacted areas. The actual rainfall totals will depend on how quickly the storm moves across the area.
EDP has enacted our Emergency Preparedness Plan. Your facilities have been checked and generator operations have been confirmed. Operators will be out working during the event with others on-call as needed.
EDP also has on-call staff available for our customer service office if the need arises to man the phones. To contact EDP, please call (281) 238-5000.
The Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management has provided the following update regarding Tropical Depression Harvey.
Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management (FBC OEM) is monitoring Tropical Depression Harvey in the Gulf. FBC OEM is currently at Level III (Increased Readiness).
Below is a summary from the latest National Weather Service information:
- The remnants of Harvey are now a tropical depression and will most likely soon become a tropical storm
- Harvey is forecast to be a strong tropical storm or weak hurricane
- A Tropical Storm Watch was issued at 10am for several counties, including Fort Bend County
- Harvey is forecast to make landfall on the mid Texas coast on Friday
- There is the potential for the system to slow down after landfall and then move slowly east or northeast – this will impact our area
- The earliest tropical storm force winds will impact our area is Thursday night but it more likely that we will begin experiencing these winds Friday morning
- It is likely that we will experience tropical storm force winds throughout the weekend and into Monday
- It should be noted that tornadoes are possible in the spiral bands mainly on the right side of the track – this includes our area
- With landfall and then a slow track east and/or northeast means we could experience periods of heavy rain Friday through Monday
- NWS thinks that coastal counties will get about 10-15 inches of rain with up to 20 inches of rain possible
- Counties well inland will experience less
- We will most likely begin to see rain from this system Friday afternoon
- Flash flood watches will be likely in our area as we get closer to the event
- It should be noted that there is still uncertainty in the track of the system, which will affect rainfall totals in our area – we hope to have a more refined forecast later this evening on in the morning.