Thunderstorms could make repeat performance Saturday morning


by staff

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 6:44 AM

Updated Saturday, May 11 at 10:35 PM

HOUSTON -- We could see another round of heavy rain roll through the Houston area Saturday morning. The biggest threat is street flooding in the early morning hours.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 7 a.m. Saturday for Fort Bend, Grimes, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Walker and Waller counties.

Flooded roads caught many drivers off guard Friday morning when fast-moving thunderstorms dumped heavy rain on the Houston area.

Hail was also reported in several areas, including Katy and northeast Houston. 

A Houston Public Works employee was badly injured by a lightning strike and lightning was blamed for at least two house fires.  

The heavy round of rain that swept across the Houston area earlier has moved out, but KHOU 11 News Meteorologist Mario Gomez says we are not out of the woods yet.

"Our future track shows that rain pretty much moving out of the area only to see it replaced by yet another weak weather disturbance moving into the atmosphere along with another slow-moving front," said Gomez. "Both of those will combine for a possibility of severe weather.  Heavy thunderstorms re-emerging here. It all depends on how cool the atmosphere has gotten, but we do have enough moisture in the atmosphere to generate even more showers with just a little bit of heat."

Gomez added that sunshine could be bad news because it could prime the atmosphere for more thundershowers.

The heaviest storms will be coming down I-10 and should arrive at about 3 a.m. Saturday, said KHOU 11 News Chief Meteorologist David Paul. They are expected to bring hail, heavy rains, gusty winds and flooding. There is an 80-percent chance of rain Saturday.

That news may not be the best for us, as we saw earlier.

The southeast side of Houston was hit hard early Friday and some drivers along the Gulf Freeway had to abandon their cars. Drivers said the water rose so fast at some intersections and underpasses that they had no time to get to higher ground.

“It was very scary because the water got inside and we couldn’t open the doors,” said one motorist. “So finally we opened the other door, my sister-in-law and I, and that’s it.”

Thousands of people in Trinity were left without power as the storms rolled through overnight. Trees and power lines were down and the roof was blown off the home of a special needs child. Most of the damage was concentrated along Main Street and Walk Drive. Officials said they haven’t seen anything this bad since Hurricane Ike.

“All night long, trees down, power lines down, damage to houses with trees falling on them,” said Officer Larry Barak, Trinity Police Department. “Road closures, power outages, you name it."

Officials said it could be 6 p.m. Friday before all of the power is restored. Until then, shelters have been set up at local churches.

Friday evening will be mostly clear, so an umbrella may not be necessary. Overnight lows will get down to the mid-60s. By 3 p.m. Saturday, the storms should dissipate. The high for Saturday should peak at 81.

There is only a 20 percent chance for showers on Sunday. The rain finally moves out on Monday.

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