Storms leave thousands in the dark across Houston

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Rapidly moving storms brought high winds to Houston, knocking out power to thousands Wednesday morning.

Nearly 160,000 customers were in the dark just before 6 a.m., according to CenterPoint Energy. By midday, power had been restored to approximately 125,000.

The outages came as winds in excess of 60 mph blew through Harris, Fort Bend, Brazoria, and Galveston counties, according to Harris County Flood Control District Meteorologist Jeff Lindner.

Some areas may not see power restored until Wednesday evening, according to CenterPoint's outage map estimates.

Photos from viewers showed minor damage, including a gas station canopy that was blown over in the Fifth Ward.

Traffic in the region slowed to a crawl Wednesday morning as vehicles navigated through blinding rain and high water in some places.

After the storms cleared, sunshine and lower humidity were expected Wednesday afternoon.

Another stormy cool front may arrive in the area late Tuesday or early Wednesday next week.

SEE MORE: ABC13 weather forecast

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