HOUSTON – Do you know what would happen to your home if a powerful hurricane made landfall in our area? The answers might surprise you.
Experts predict a Category 4 storm that hit Galveston could cause catastrophic damage in Harris County, to the tune of more than $300 billion. As many as 80 percent of homes would be damaged or destroyed.
Rice University engineers have created a database that gives Harris County property owners a better idea of how a hurricane might impact their neighborhood.
The storm risk calculator is easy to use. You simply type in your address and a color-coded map will reveal your risk for wind damage, storm surge and power outages. The information is based on historical data and the size of the storm.
If a hurricane is approaching the Gulf Coast, the information will be updated every three hours.