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HOUSTON — A flash flood warning is in effect for Harris and Montgomery counties until 3:30 p.m.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Harris, Montgomery, Brazos, Grimes, Walker, Madison and Liberty counties until 3 p.m.
A possible tornado was spotted in Humble but it hasn’t been confirmed by the National Weather Service.
Some areas have already seen as many as 5 inches of rain and there’s street flooding reported in Kingwood. Kingwood Drive is reportedly impassable near Highway 59.
KHOU 11 Meteorologist Erika Lopez says another 2 to 4 inches of rain is possible this afternoon.
Gusts up to 60 mph are also possible, along with quarter-size hail.
As of 2:09 p.m., CenterPoint says 10,000 customers are without power.
A strong jet stream overhead combined with a stalled surface frontal boundary plus heavy tropical moisture are the ingredients that can cause flooding in Houston and southeast Texas.
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More flooding later this week?
As rounds of rain come through and fall on already saturated grounds, more street flooding is likely – especially Friday and Saturday. We’ll just have to watch and wait to see which area watersheds get the most rain and which creeks and bayous threaten to flood. The current forecast calls for rainfall totals of 3 to 4 inches along the coast, 4 to 5 inches in Houston and 5 inches in College Station and Huntsville.
Houston’s Public Works Dept. has already said it will lower the water levels in Lake Houston to prepare for the possibility of heavy rain.
Here’s what to expect this week…
TUESDAY – 50% chance of scattered showers (mainly in the PM) with isolated storms in the Houston area, high of 82. The best chance of rain appears to be in the afternoon. Models have backed off the intensity of the rain but are still looking at a widespread event.
WEDNESDAY – 30% chance of scattered storms and rain in Houston area, high of 84. Look for mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid 80s both days. Isolated storms can’t be ruled out but it should not be a widespread, all day event.
THURSDAY – 70% chance of storms and rain in Houston area, high of 84. Severe weather possible. High water spots possible due to saturated ground conditions.
FRIDAY – 70% chance of thunderstorms in Houston area, high of 84. High water spots possible due to saturated ground conditions.
SATURDAY- 70% chance for rain on Saturday, high of 82. Rainfall totals expected to be higher in areas north of Houston (College Station into Hunstville).
SUNDAY- 20% rain chance, high of 82 – calmer conditions for Mother’s Day.