A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING has been issued for Montgomery, San Jacinto, and Waller counties until 9:45pm. A TORNADO WATCH has been issued for Austin and Waller counties until 2am, and Lee, Montgomery, and San Jacinto counties until 10pm. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect 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 Brazos, Burleson, and Washington counties until 10pm, Houston, Leon, Madison, and Trinity counties until 10:15pm, Milam and Robertson counties until 10:30pm, Austin, Grimes, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Waller, and Walker counties until 11:30pm, Montgomery and San Jacinto counties until 11:45pm, and Lee county until 12:15am Tuesday.
LONG BEACH, Calif. As California faces an historic drought, residents are tearing out thirsty lawns to cut down on water use.
Water agencies across the state have been encouraging the change by offering thousands of dollars in rebates to help homeowners make the switch to a drought-friendly landscape with better odds of surviving dry spells common to the local climate.
Water officials hope the shift is more than a fad and marks the beginning of a transformation in the way residents view neighborhood landscapes.
To date, most lawns in Southern California don't bear greenery other than grass but water agency officials say the interest in turf removal programs - fueled in part by an increase in rebate rates - is encouraging.