Heavy rain moving through the area. Stay alert for flooding issues.

Wednesday morning weather update

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I'm back with another weather update as this rainy mess associated with a tropical disturbance moves through the area. As expected the rain really ramped up over the metro area right around rush hour (hooray) and will likely be sticking around for a few more hours - probably until at least lunch time. Overnight the Weather Prediction Center (the part of the National Weather Service that monitors excessive rainfall and flooding threats) upgraded the excessive rainfall risk for Southeast Texas to a High Risk. This type of risk level is not issued very frequently which indicates the weather service is very concerned with the potential for flash flooding in the area.


Houston area under High Risk for excessive rainfall according to National Weather ServiceNOAA/NWS/WPC


Thus far the rain has been mostly manageable in the city but very heavy rain and flooding has been reported southwest of town down the 59 corridor near between Wharton and Richmond. The band of heavy rain causing problems southwest of town has been struggling to move much this morning, which is why flooding has become a problem in that area. As I write this a Flash Flood Warning has been issued for areas southwest of Houston until 12:45 this afternoon.


National Weather Service Houston


The general consensus is that this area of heavy rain will eventually swing to the northeast towards the Houston area and points southeast. Recent radar trends do not have me totally convinced it will make it all the way into the greater metro area before weakening, but that is not to say it won't. Computer models have been less than stellar today, but they have been painting coastal areas with 6-10 inches of rain through late this afternoon.With these water-loaded tropical air masses it is often difficult to predict when and where a heavy dump of rain will set up. These heavy storm cells can very quickly flood streets with rainfall rates of 3-5 inches per hour having already been observed. So while it may be ok where you are presently, if one of these cells moves over you water may rise very fast.


Radar animation over the past hour and a halfGR Level 3 Radar


Overall I would say the threat is lowering for areas north and east of 59 but points near 59 and to the south and east need to continue to be prepared for heavy rain through at least mid-day.

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After the big offensive showing to take the opener on Thursday, the Astros entered Friday's game at Globe Life Field against the Rangers just one win or Angels loss away from securing their spot in the playoffs. Here is how the game unfolded:

Final Score (10 innings): Rangers 5, Astros 4.

Record: 29-29, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Brett Martin (1-1, 1.98 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Enoli Paredes (3-3, 3.05 ERA).

Urquidy goes seven while allowing two

The Rangers would strike first in Friday's game, getting a two-out solo home run against Jose Urquidy in the bottom of the second to grab the early 1-0 lead. Urquidy did relatively well on the night, though he would allow another solo homer in the bottom of the fifth. Those were the only two runs he allowed, working in and out of some trouble throughout the game on his way to finishing seven innings. His final line: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, 98 P.

Houston grabs their first lead late

Unlike their hot night at the plate the night prior, it took the Astros until the fifth inning to get on the board. It came after Carlos Correa hit a leadoff single, then came all the way around to score on an RBI-triple by George Springer, making it a 1-1 tie at the time.

After the Rangers went back in front 2-1 in the bottom of the inning on their second solo homer of the night, Alex Bregman would tie it up again with a solo home run of his own, making it 2-2. Houston would get their first lead of the night in the top of the eighth, with Altuve working a leadoff walk before scoring later in the inning on an RBI-single by Yuli Gurriel.

Rangers get the walk-off to keep Houston waiting for playoff bid

After Urquidy, Blake Taylor would take over on the mound in the bottom of the eighth, retiring the Rangers in order for a scoreless inning to hold the one-run lead. Still 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Houston turned to their closer, Ryan Pressly. After two quick outs, he would allow a game-tying solo home run, making it 3-3 to postpone Houston's celebration at least another inning as the game headed to extras.

In the top of the tenth, Jose Altuve was placed on second as the free runner. He advanced to third on a groundout to start the inning, then scored on a sac fly by Alex Bregman, making it a 4-3 lead for Houston. Enoli Paredes would load the bases before Texas would tie the game on a sac fly in the bottom of the inning, keeping runners on second and third. Houston made the change to Brooks Raley to try and extend the game another inning, but instead, the Rangers would get the walk-off win, spoiling Houston's chance to clinch their playoff spot themselves with a win.

Up Next: The third game of this four-game set will get underway at 6:05 PM Central on Saturday. On the mound for Texas will be Kyle Gibson (2-6, 5.87 ERA), and, as of now, the Astros still have Lance McCullers Jr. (3-3, 4.24 ERA) listed as their starter.

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