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Local Statement for Nine (Houston / Galveston, TX)



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Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine Local Statement Advisory Number 1
National Weather Service Houston/Galveston TX  AL092023
1025 AM CDT Mon Aug 21 2023

This product covers Southeast Texas

**TROPICAL STORM WATCH ISSUED FOR POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE IN GULF OF MEXICO**

NEW INFORMATION
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* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - None

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Coastal Jackson, 
      Coastal Matagorda, and Matagorda Islands

* STORM INFORMATION:
    - About 460 miles east-southeast of Port O'Connor TX
    - 25.0N 89.9W
    - Storm Intensity 30 mph
    - Movement West or 275 degrees at 16 mph

SITUATION OVERVIEW
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The National Hurricane Center has initiated advisories on Potential 
Tropical Cyclone 9 in the Gulf of Mexico, just more than 450 miles 
east-southeast of Port O'Connor. Tropical Storm watches and warnings 
have been issued, including a tropical storm watch in the Matagorda Bay
area from Sargent to Port O'Connor. This storm is moving at about 15 
mph towards the Texas Coast, and is expected to become a tropical storm
before making landfall tomorrow. Though the forecast track is well 
south of our area, impacts of tropical cyclones can extend far from the
center of the storm. To guard against this and any uncertainty in the 
formation process of this potential storm, those in the watch area are 
advised to be prepared for tropical storm conditions.


POTENTIAL IMPACTS
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* WIND:
Prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts across the 
Matagorda Bay area. Potential impacts in this area include:
    - Damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored 
      mobile homes. Unsecured lightweight objects blown about.
    - Many large tree limbs broken off. A few trees snapped or 
      uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are 
      shallow rooted. Some fences and roadway signs blown over.
    - A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within urban 
      or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving conditions on 
      bridges and other elevated roadways.
    - Scattered power and communications outages.

Elsewhere across Southeast Texas, little to no impact is anticipated.

* SURGE:
Little to no impacts are anticipated at this time 
across Southeast Texas.

* TORNADOES:
Prepare for a tornado event having possible limited impacts across the
Matagorda Bay area. Potential impacts include:
    - The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution 
      of emergency plans during tropical events.
    - A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power 
      and communications disruptions.
    - Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys 
      toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned, 
      large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow-rooted trees 
      knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats 
      pulled from moorings.

Elsewhere across Southeast Texas, little to no impact is anticipated.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
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* EVACUATIONS:
Listen to local official for recommended preparedness actions, 
including possible evacuation. If ordered to evacuate, do so 
immediately. 

For those not under evacuation orders, assess the risk from wind, 
falling trees, and flooding at your location. If you decide to move, 
relocate to a safer location nearby. If you do not relocate, help keep 
roadways open for those under evacuation orders. 


* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:
Now is the time to check your emergency plan and emergency supplies 
kit and take necessary actions to protect your family and secure your 
home or business.

When making safety and preparedness decisions, do not focus on the 
exact forecast track since hazards such as flooding rain, damaging 
wind gusts, storm surge, and tornadoes extend well away from the 
center of the storm. 

When securing your property, outside preparations should be concluded 
as soon as possible before conditions deteriorate. The onset of 
strong gusty winds or flooding can cause certain preparedness 
activities to become unsafe.

Closely monitor weather.gov, NOAA Weather Radio and local news 
outlets for official storm information. Listen for possible changes 
to the forecast.

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
- For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov
- For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org
- For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org

NEXT UPDATE
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The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather 
Service in Houston/Galveston TX around 4 PM CDT, or sooner if 
conditions warrant.

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