Icy weather knocks down trees, knocks out power


by KHOU.com staff


Posted on March 4, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 4 at 8:14 PM

HOUSTON -- Freezing rain moved through Southeast Texas overnight, knocking out power and toppling trees in the Houston area.

Ice accumulated on overpasses along Highway 290, Highway 249, Highway 59 and I-45 North, and dozens of flights at Bush Airport were canceled.

In Katy, residents reported ice a quarter-inch thick on signs and cars. While thin, it was enough to break branches and bring down dead trees.

There were no reports of injuries or serious damage.

Several smaller school districts announced they would close for the day or open on a delayed schedule, but larger districts like Houston ISD, Katy ISD, and Fort Bend ISD remained open.

Students at Hamilton Middle School in The Heights arrived to find their campus without power. In Katy ISD, King Elementary, Katy H.S., and Katy Jr. H.S. also did not have power early Tuesday.

CenterPoint Energy crews were dispatched as nearly 40,000 customers went without electricity. By noon that number was down to 15,000 customers.

The rest of this week is expected to be warmer and dry.

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