Imelda triggers tornadoes, flash flooding, severe thunderstorms in east Harris County

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HOUSTON — Tropical Depression Imelda stirred up trouble east of Houston late Wednesday with tornadoes, flash flooding and severe thunderstorms. 

Just before 5 p.m., a tornado touched down near Highlands in east Harris County.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said his deputies spotted damage to some small structures there, along with tree damage and downed power lines. 

There were no reports of injuries. 

Gonzalez said there are unconfirmed reports of a small tornado touching down in the Cove area of Chambers County. 

The system also brought another round of heavy rain just in time for rush hour headaches.

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