Storms cause damage in several areas

May 15, 2008 11:07:22 AM PDT
Major damage was left behind by overnight storms around southeast Texas.PHOTOS: See images of damage

A roof was blown off a store in the town of Porter just off 494 near FM 1314. The damage was pretty extensive at a pawn shop and sewing business.

The owner of the shop says he got a call from the alarm company that something was happening at his store. He initially thought it was a false alarm but he went to the business to check things out. He says he didn't expect to see damage from the weather.

"I got a big mess. The fire department is here," said store owner Edgar Findley. "I've called for additional law that is not on right now that we know for security. None of the people's merchandise is harmed. It's on the opposite side. Thanks goodness -- it's just our stuff that is ruined or wet."

Just down the road about a mile away, a restaurant called 'The Hot Biscuits' won't be serving anything hot this morning after a power pole snapped, knocking out power to nearby businesses.

The Porter fire department was also dealing with downed power lines in some of the local neighborhoods. They are working to getting power restored to those residents.

The strong storms also caused problems in southwest Houston. The traffic lights were out for a coupe of blocks near Bellaire and Newcastle.

Power was knocked out to the entire town of Hempstead overnight. The Waller County sheriff's office says the strong winds knocked down the lines servicing much of the city. The power has since been restored.

There were isolated power outages in The Woodlands and in Kingwood.

CenterPoint tells Eyewitness News about 50,000 residents were without power at one point. The outages were located mainly north of the Beltway.

The local airports were reporting delays of about 15 minutes. But before you head out make sure to check with your individual airline for any changes. Click Here to check your flight.

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