Strong spring storms flood parts of Houston

May 11, 2013 2:24:31 PM PDT
Heavy rain pounded the Houston area Friday, leaving behind flooded streets, downed trees and thousands of people without power. But the threat of flooding rains this weekend has ended, leaving a dry, sunny Mother's Day in the forecast.

The system moved quickly through Houston. As it did, several Severe Thunderstorm Watches and Warnings and even a Tornado Warning for Harris, Brazoria and Galveston Counties were issued.

There are no active watches or warnings right now. A Flash Flood Watch ended early this morning for parts of our area that were pounded by thunderstorms Thursday night and Friday.

Lightning that came with Friday's storms caused widespread power outages. Students at Ross S. Sterling High School and Crocket Elementary in Baytown were among those left in the dark. Lunch had to be brought in from nearby schools. The campuses sheltered in place until the lights came back on.

At the height of the storms, CenterPoint had more than 16,000 customers without power. This morning, that number was down to fewer than 300.

Stranded drivers across town

Auto shops around town will be busy making repairs to flood-damaged cars. We spotted vehicles stalled out in high water all across town, including a box truck stuck on Navigation on the city's east side.

Some drivers took their chances by driving as far to the right as possible. Others saw the water and decided to put it in reverse.

Toppled tree in neighborhood sparks new concern

In southeast Houston, a fallen tree blocked a residential street for hours. It happened on Park Lane near South Wayside. Crews trying to remove the tree had to be cautious because of what was living in it. A large nest filled with bees was still attached to the tree limbs. Exterminators were called out to take care of the problem.

Tree across the tracks

The saturated ground may be to blame for a tree that tipped over onto railroad tracks in east Houston. The tree uprooted and fell right across the tracks. And as long as it was there, no trains could pass. One train was stuck for a few hours while crews used a truck to pull that tree out of the way.

Threat of flooding rains has ended

Meteorologist David Tillman says the threat for flooding rains has ended. The flood watch expired at 7am and drier air is beginning to move in from the north. Some scattered showers or storms could redevelop later today but they won't be as bad as the storms we've seen the last couple of days. Mother's Day is looking nice with no rain, sunny skies and slightly lower humidity.

Man hospitalized after being struck by lightning

A a city of Houston public works inspector was taken to the hospital after reportedly being struck by lightning in northwest Harris County on Friday. It happened around 10am near Seamist and Haverhill. We're told two men were in a parking lot of a business complex. They were both running to get away from the lighting when one of the men was struck.

Someone from an office there performed CPR on the man, and he was rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital. At last check, he was stable. The other man was taken by private car to the hospital. He wasn't seriously hurt.


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