More storms blow through Houston area, causing damage


by staff

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 27 at 5:07 PM

HOUSTON -- Wind gusts up to 60 mph snapped tree limbs as storms and heavy rains moved through Houston again early Tuesday.

In northeast Houston, a falling tree killed one person.

The severe storms also left more than a dozen people injured in La Porte when a structure collapsed at a plant construction site. Several people were taken to the hospital to be treated for scrapes and bruises.

A Flash Flood Warning is in effect until 6:30 p.m. for Austin, Grimes, Harris, Montgomery, Waller and Washington counties. A Flood Warning is in effect until 9 a.m. Friday for Brazoria County.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until Wednesday for nearly all of Southeast Texas.

At the storm's peak, nearly 40,000 CenterPoint customers were without electricity.

KHOU 11 viewers in southeast Houston sent in photos of ominous looking clouds as the National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning.

Power lines fell and blocked off a part of FM 1960 at Aldine Westfield. In Deer Park, several downed trees and fences were reported.

Street ponding was reported at the usual spots around town prone to drainage issues, bringing the morning commute to a crawl. A portion of Saums Road at Greenhouse road in western Harris County was shut down by the high water, and authorities removed a large rat snake from the roadway as the water receded.

Jeff Linder from Harris County Flood Control said Tuesday morning that officials were monitoring street flooding and creeks in the area, and everything remained at moderate levels.

“We’ve had anywhere from one to one and a half inches of rain across Harris County this morning on top of the three to four inches of rain across the western part of Harris County we had yesterday afternoon. That is causing some street flooding this morning on the west side and other portions, the typical low water areas that have water standing,” Linder said. “The only channel that we have with flooding is south Mayde Creek between Greenhouse and Barker Cypress. Cullen Park area, we do have some high water in that region and the rest of the creeks on the west side that were hit so hard yesterday afternoon did have time to drain the water overnight so they do have some capacity this morning to handle the rainfall we have this morning. They are high, they are rising, but right now we do not foresee them coming out of their banks.”

While the worst of the storm passed through before lunchtime, light to moderate rainfall will continue through Tuesday afternoon before it clears out tonight.

KHOU 11 News Meteorologist Brooks Garner says but the chance for scattered rain and storms returns again on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday before we start to clear out Saturday and Sunday.