Cars, homes damaged as hail pounds Galveston County

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by KHOU.com staff

khou.com

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 5:36 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 3 at 10:59 AM

HOUSTON -- Severe weather made its way into southeast Texas overnight Tuesday, dropping baseball-sized hail in Galveston County.

In Hitchcock and Santa Fe, hail pounded cars and windows, causing damage at a police station and a mobile home community. Residents told KHOU 11 News some neighbors went out in the rain to try and cover their damaged roofs.

No injuries were reported.

Several counties were under Severe Thunderstorm Warnings throughout the evening. At midnight nearly 50,000 CenterPoint customers were without electricity. By 8:15 a.m. that number was down to about 3,300, mostly inside the loop.

The storm brought lightning and heavy rain, causing street flooding in some areas near downtown Houston.

On the north side of town, it's believed lightning sparked an apartment fire in Spring.

The first round of storms moved into the heart of the Houston area from the west around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday. By 5 a.m. Wednesday the last of a second round of rain was moving away from the east side of town.

There's a slight chance for rain heading into the afternoon hours, but the skies should start clearing out soon. Our next chance for rain comes next Monday or Tuesday.

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