HOUSTON – Heavy thunderstorms dumped as much as 5 inches of rain in some parts of the Houston area and more rain is on the way.
A Flood Warning is in effect until 7 p.m. Friday for Austin, Fort Bend and Wharton counties. A Flood Warning is in effect until 1 p.m. Thursday for Brazoria Counties. A Flood Warning is in effect until 12:37 a.m. Wednesday morning for Jackson County.
A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 1 p.m. Tuesday for Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Harris, Jackson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Walker, Waller, Washington and Wharton counties.
A Tornado Watch expired at 9 p.m. for Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda and Montgomery counties.
Severe thunderstorms moved through the Houston area Monday evening and cleared out pretty quickly. However, the rainfall rates were about 3 inches per hour, which is why the area experienced so much flooding.
The storms headed towards Bacliff, Baytown and Mont Belvieu and then across to Galveston and Chambers County. Those areas could see 1 to 2 inches of rain as the line of heavy thunderstorms moves east at 20 mph.
It was reported Monday afternoon that a funnel cloud almost touched down in the Beasley area.
Several cars have been trapped by flood waters near the Westpark Tollway near Grand Parkway. Deputies with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office have to assist some drivers who were trying to escape their flooded vehicles.
Deputies said some of the cars even started bobbing up and down as flood waters continued to rise.
The Texas Department of Transportation said that the water pumps are working, but that the rain came just too fast for the machines to alleviate the rising water levels.
The flood waters in the area subsided just before 8 p.m. Wreckers had already begun to pick up some of the vehicles that were stranded.
The communites to the northwest and southwest of the Houston metro area reported flooding including Fort Bend and Waller counties.
The severe thunderstorms knocked down several power lines along Highway 36 and Spur 10. Some of the poles had even been broke in half. CenterPoint crews responded to the scene Monday evening, but have since left.
The Houston area will get a break from the heavy rains overnight. There could still be a light shower or two linger around, but the heavy thunderstorms will have cleared out.
However, another round of thunderstorms will move in from the west Tuesday morning. There will be about a 50 percent chance of rain by 6 a.m.
This new round of storm could bring heavy rains leading to street flooding during the morning traffic rush hour. The chance for rain will increase to 80 percent as the day goes on.
The chance for rain will continue through the weekend with highs in the mid-80s and lows in the low-70s.
Temperatures this weekend are expected to hit 90 degrees for the first time in a while.
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