JSC Today Special: Aug. 27 Tropical Storm Harvey Update

TS Harvey is forecast to move slowly southeast towards the coast and may briefly move offshore before moving nothing onshore again on Tuesday. No significant redevelopment is expected for the storm center. The main threat from Harvey continues to be outer rainbands rotating through the JSC vicinity capable of additional flooding rains. As Harvey moves back nearer the coast the stronger rain bands may slide a bit further east of JSC reducing the threat for very heavy rains, but more rain bands are expected. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until Wednesday evening.

This is still a dangerous storm; residents and visitors in areas potentially affected by the severe weather should continue to monitor local radio or TV stations for updated emergency information.

The Center will be closed tomorrow to all but Mission Essential Personnel. Senior management will evaluate on a day-to-day basis after Monday. Instructions for excused leave for this time period will be issued after the Center re-opens. Due to school closures and the likelihood of flooding and power outages across the JSC and surrounding Houston area, it is unreasonable to expect employees to telework safely.

Mission Essential Personnel can report through Gate 3 (Hilton Gate). As always, check your route to site before your drive, do not drive into standing water, and stay safe. Consider packing a bag with supplies in case you get stuck on site if conditions deteriorate. You can check major road conditions at http://drivetexas,org.

Shelters are open across the affected and surrounding areas. Download the FEMA mobile app (available in English and Spanish) for registration information, directions to open shelters. You can also go to http://abc13.com/weather/list-of-shelters-around-houston-area/2341032/ or http://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter for a list of local shelters.

CCISD, Friendswood ISD, and Pearland ISD have announced they will be closed for the rest of the week.

Driving through a flooded area can be extremely hazardous, and almost half of all flash flood deaths happen in vehicles. When in your vehicle, look out for flooding in low-lying areas, at bridges, and at highway dips. As little as six inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle.

Please continue to stay tuned to www.jscsos.com for real-time information and site conditions. Employees should monitor the latest advisories on Hurricane Harvey’s impact to their area at http://hurricanes.gov. Coordinate any special circumstances you might have with your supervisor.