Severe weather moving through our area after tornado warnings issued for multiple counties

This photo is not from the tornado near Shepherd. Rather, it's one that we received from an Eyewitness News viewer in Willis during Monday's storms.
February 18, 2013 7:34:44 PM PST
A few strong thunderstorms developed weak rotation which caused the National Weather Service to issue tornado warnings earlier Monday afternoon, and our area isn't finished with the storms just yet.

At 2:30pm, the Tornado Warning for Liberty, Montgomery and San Jacinto counties expired.

The National Weather Service says at around 2pm a dangerous storm was located near Cut and Shoot, about eight miles east of Conroe, and moving northeast at 30 mph. Cleveland is also one of the locations impacted.

There were no confirmed reports of a tornado touching down, but there was significant wind damage just east of Shepherd in San Jacinto County. Law enforcement officials say some homes were damaged and trees were down. A rotating thunderstorm was in that area at the time and could have produced a weak tornado, Chief Meteorologist Tim Heller says. The NWS will visit the location on Tuesday afternoon to survey the damage.

The Montgomery Co. Sheriff's Office tells Eyewitness News so far it has no reports of damage. Liberty Co. Sheriff's Office also has no damage reports.

Closer to Houston, a man was struck by lightning in southwest Houston shortly before 3pm Monday off Royal Oaks.

The Houston Fire Department tells Eyewitness News the man doesn't appear to be seriously hurt. He was taken to West Houston Medical Center. We don't yet know the circumstances of what he was doing when he was struck.

Viewers need to keep the umbrella handy this week. A series of storm systems will give us several chances for rain over the next seven days.

Monday's storms developed in the warm, moist air ahead of a cold front moving into Houston. This is a Pacific system, so temperatures will not be that much cooler behind the front. The thin line of heavy rain could produce some gusty winds, Heller says.

Our next storm system brings us even better chances for rain and storms on Wednesday and Thursday.

If you're seeing severe weather where you are, you can email your photos/videos to news@abc13.com. But please don't put yourself in harm's way to get the shot.

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