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County officials on standby for severe weather

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Tuesday afternoon brought grey skies to Houston, a light, but consistent drizzle dampening more than just spirits across the area.

"Today we've had accidents," said Francisco Sanchez, with the Harris County Emergency Office.  "And it's just been a drizzle."

Houston Police spent a good portion of the afternoon and evening rush hour directing slow moving traffic near Meyerland after the driver of a sports utility vehicle lost control, smashed through a metal barrier and landed upside down in a canal.

At area fire stations, first responders spent much of the day dusting off rescue equipment in preparation for heavier rain expected overnight.

"People need to understand this is probably the most significant amount of rain that we've gotten," Sanchez said.  "By tomorrow, it will be the most significant amount of rain we've gotten in the last several months.  Today has been a little bit of water, but it saturated the ground."

Harris County's Emergency Management Center will be open throughout the night, with staff members monitoring not only the changes in weather but any changes in bayou levels and driving conditions along our roadways.

They'll also be using social media to send out real-time information about existing and potential traffic problems in hopes of making Wednesday's morning commute as painless as possible.  

"Facebook and Twitter have been very important to us," Sanchez said. "We didn't have it during (Hurricane) Ike, but we've used it since then and have learned it's a great way to get information out to the public."


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