Severe weather moves through northern counties


by staff

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 12:52 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 18 at 6:30 AM

HOUSTON -- Severe weather moved through northern Harris and surrounding counties Tuesday afternoon, bringing heavy rain, lightning and flooding.

The strongest storms were up in Walker County and headed north toward Madison County.

“These are the kind of storms that can bubble up quickly,” KHOU 11 News Chief Meteorologist Gene Norman said.

Approximately 4,800 Centerpoint customers were reported without power as of 5:50 p.m.

The Woodlands was especially hard hit by the storms. High wind was a big problem, but even more dangerous was the lightning.  It started four house fires in the area.

In one case, it punched a hole through a man’s roof leaving a big mess in the bathroom. In another case lightning set a garage on fire.

The storm drains near downtown Houston couldn’t keep up with the rain and left some streets flooded. Cars and buses plowed through about a foot of water. 

Norman said we will likely see the same type of storms we experienced on Tuesday on Wednesday as well. But the coverage may be a little bit less on Wednesday.

“We’re going to be seeing this pattern until we can get this rainmaker out of the way,” he said. “It’s an upper level low pressure system that draws moisture out of the Gulf and sends it inland.”

That’s what we’ve been seeing for the last couple of days.

“Maybe by Thursday or Friday we’ll finally break out of this, but unfortunately we’ll have to deal with high heat,” he said.

The seven-day forecast shows decreasing rain chances heading toward the end of the week, but increasing temperatures.

Wednesday will begin with lows in the mid-70s and will warm up to the low-90s.