Storm floods streets, dumps rain and hail on Greater Houston area

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by KHOU.com staff

khou.com

Posted on April 27, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 28 at 10:23 AM

HOUSTON – The National Weather Service has extended several weather warnings Saturday in regards to the severe thunderstorms moving through the Houston area.

A flood warning is in effect until 7:42 a.m. Sunday morning for Harris County.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is also in effect until 1 a.m. on Sunday for the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Harris, Jackson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Walker, Waller, Washington and Wharton.

The NWS said that thunderstorms capable of producing quarter-size hail and damaging winds up to 60 mph were moving southeast at 25 mph. There have been reports of up to 6 inches in West and southwest Houston.

The NWS advises that the heavy rains flood roads quickly and motorists should avoid driving into areas where water covers the road.

Drivers who were caught off guard by the heavy rain, were stranded by floodwaters in many areas of south and southwest Houston.

There have been several road closures due to flooding in parts of west and southwest Harris County and Fort Bend County.

As of 7 p.m., CenterPoint Energy said that 44,927 customers were without power.

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