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Weather Blog: Tornadoes & much-needed rain

by Gene Norman / KHOU 11 News

khou.com

Posted on November 8, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 10:00 PM

One confirmed tornado and possibly two more roared northeast of Houston today as expected thunderstorms gave parts of our viewing area much needed rain.  We were at the tail end of an upper-level disturbance that formed ahead of a strong cold front which is why the strongest storms didn't get too close to Houston proper.

Just after lunch time, a thunderstorm west of downtown began growing and upper-level winds steered it northeast toward Bush airport.  Then, the storm rapidly intensified and funnel cloud was sighted in Humble. It may have touched down, knocking over some trees there before skipping northward toward Kingwood.  That's where it likely did touch down punching holes in some homes and toppling trees down on others.  The tornado then roared into Liberty county and may have made another touchdown near Moss Hill.

A third possible tornado may have blown through Crosby; there was wind damage reported there as well.  A damage survey will likely be conducted by the National Weather Service Wednesday to assess the damage.  However, radar signatures of rotation were quite evident, so it is possible that based on the damage survey, more tornadoes may be declared.

The storms that spawned the twisters also dumped quite a bit of heavy rain.  1 to 3 inch amounts were common from Humble toward Cleveland.  Other storms which weren't severe doused the area with much-needed rain.  Here are some totals from our Weather Bug network:

A strong cold front moves in after midnight ushering in a return of fall weather with brisk winds Wednesday.  Highs may not get out of the 60s after starting in the 50s and we're headed for a few chilly nights after that.  By Veteran's Day, the morning lows will dip into the frosty 30s as they did last week.

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