Houston forecast: Heavy rain, thunder saturates area

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on February 4, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 4 at 8:30 PM

HOUSTON—Heavy rain and thunder saturated the Houston area early Saturday, and after it lightens up and moves out, it will be replaced by some much cooler weather, according to KHOU 11 News Meteorologist Mario Gomez.

“I have my own tip today and that is take an umbrella or a rain jacket anywhere you go this morning,” said Gomez. And it was good advice.

Thunderstorms battered the area, causing minor street ponding and power outages around town.

Rainfall totals were significant over the last 48 hours, helping to ease the drought. The radar indicates at least eight to nine inches fell overall across the Houston area.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning until Tuesday -- or further notice -- for Luce Bayou near Huffman, affecting Harris and Liberty counties.  Runoff from the rainfall is expected to produce a significant rise on the upper Luce Bayou watershed.  Residents are urged to stay way from the river until water levels recede.

As the storm pushed through overnight, a trail of damage was left in its path.

A tornado touched down Friday evening in Snook, a small town 14 miles southwest of College Station.  The twister damaged homes and flipped over an 18-wheeler truck.

Emergency workers on the scene said no one was hurt, but a lot of people were shaken up and a lot of the town was left without power.

Severe weather also created flooding and dropped hail in College Station.

A lightning strike was also being blamed for a fire that destroyed a house in Missouri City Friday.

No one was inside when the fire broke out at the home in the 3200 block of Confederate.The homeowner had left to pick up her daughter up from school.

It took fire crews about an hour to get the fire under control. The house was declared a complete loss.

The worst of the rainfall was expected to move to the coastal areas by noon Saturday, ushering in windier, cooler weather.

Saturday morning kicked off with lows in the 60s, but afternoon temperatures will drop to the 50s after a cold front blows through.

The extended forecast shows lows will drop into the 40s Sunday and will remain in the 40s throughout next week.

Highs will remain in the 50s until Monday, then will increase to the 60s.

Super Bowl Sunday will be cold and rainy so it will be a good day to enjoy the game at a great indoor facility.

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