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HOUSTON — Today will be a rough day in Houston. Everything from heavy rain to gusty winds, hail and a small, isolated tornado threat will exist most of the day. The Storm Prediction Center has placed our entire area in a ‘Slight Risk’ of severe weather; equating to a 2 out of 5 on a probability scale.
Current southeast Texas watches and warnings
- Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Brazoria, Colorado, Matagorda and Wharton County until 3 p.m.
- Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto and Walker County until 2:30pm.
- Tornado Warning for San Jacinto and Walker County until 2:15pm.
The storms started early and quickly passed through our area, but not without leaving a mess. Several trees and power lines came down due to string winds. There are more than 133,000 people without power as of 2 p.m.
The winds caused fences to come down in some neighborhoods. Assistant News Director Josh Hubbard captured a trampoline in a tree in his neighborhood.
The latest timing has the storms moving across our western counties this morning, then quickly exiting to the east early this afternoon. Severe threats include hail, wind gusts 40-60 mph, heavy rain, street ponding and the possibility of a brief tornado.
Widespread rain totals of 1-2 inches with localized 3-4 inches likely. The hail threat is real so put the car in the garage or under a carport if available.
According to the National Weather Service in Houston, there are currently no plans to issue a flood watch.
The storm system should exit the region around 10 p.m. making way for beautiful weather most of next week.
Houston water has been gradually lowering Lake Houston by 12 inches to prepare for the rain and thunderstorms this weekend. Lake levels will remain one foot lower throughout the week.
Property owners along the shoreline should secure the property.
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