A TORNADO WARNING has been issued for south Brazos and Grimes counties until 7:00pm. A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING has been issued for Lee, Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Houston, Madison, Montgomery, and Walker counties until 6:45pm. A TORNADO WATCH has been issued for Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Houston, Lee, Leon, Madison, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Trinity, Walker, Waller, and Washington Counties. until 10pm. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect for Milam, Robertson, Leon Counties until 9pm Monday, for Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Houston, Madison, Montgomery,San Jacinto, Trinity, Walker, Waller, and Washington Counties until 12am Tuesday, and for Lee county until 1am Tuesday. A FLASH FLOOD WARNING is in effect for Lee county until 12:15am Tuesday, Milam and Robertson counties until 7:30pm, Leon, Brazos, and Burleson counties until 8:15pm. An additional widespread 1" to 3" rain accumulations are possible through the evening, with locally higher amounts possible.
JOHNSON SPACE CENTER (AP) - Space shuttle Discovery's astronauts
have gotten some happy news: It's safe to fly home.
Mission Control has informed the crew of six that the ship's
thermal shielding is "100 percent cleared for entry" in another
week. Shuttle commander Steve Lindsey called that "great news."
Only one heat shield issue remained going into the Sunday
afternoon mission management meeting: a two-inch-long piece of
fabric filler sticking out about an inch from thermal tiles on
Engineers determined it wasn't necessary to have an astronaut pluck the strip out during a spacewalk and that it poses no concern for the spaceship's return to Earth on July 17.
So managers gave the heat shield an official bill of health.
Officials had already decided that several other nicks and spots
are no big deal.
Texas A&M graduate Mike Fossum is part of the Discovery crew. He was one of two astronauts completing a more than seven-hour spacewalk on Saturday.
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