HOUSTON – A severe storm rolled through the Houston area Wednesday, prompting multiple warnings and watches from the National Weather Service.
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Galveston County until 3 p.m., and Brazoria and Matagorda counties until 3:30 p.m.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 8 p.m. for Brazoria, Calhoun, Fort Bend, Galveston, Jackson, Matagorda and Wharton counties.
The National Weather service said a storm capable of producing quarter-sized hail was spotted near Santa Fe around 1:30 p.m., moving east at 15 mph.
Meteorologists at the NWS said Texas City, Alvin, Dickinson, La Marque, Hitchcock, San Leon, Bayou Vista and Hillcrest were all in the storm’s path.
The same storm also prompted a brief Tornado Warning for Galveston and Brazoria counties, which expired at 1:45 p.m.
Viewers in Alvin sent photos to KHOU 11 News of hail from the storm, and there were also reports of hail falling in Friendswood.
KHOU 11 News Meteorologist Mario Gomez said the storms were developing along a weak frontal boundary – the same front that produced the severe weather in North Texas on Tuesday.
Gomez said storms will continue until at least 5 p.m., then we should see some nicer weather.
Highs should remain in the 80s through the weekend, with lows lingering in the 60s, Paul said.
But humidity should dip a little bit Thursday, thanks to a northerly shift in the wind, making those toasty highs seem more comfortable as the work week comes to an end.