Storm drops awning on top of cars outside Pasadena stores

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Thursday, August 29, 2019
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A woman was injured after the awning fell on top of her car and says she's still in a lot of pain.

PASADENA, Texas (KTRK) -- The work to remove what the storm brought down in Pasadena started as soon as the rain stopped.

Workers dismantled the metal awning that was covering a half dozen cars outside the Dollar General on Richey.

One woman is recovering at Bayshore Hospital after she was injured. She told ABC13 she was inside when the awning fell on top of her car. She said gasoline and glass splattered all over her body.

"My life flashed before me," she said. "It was crazy. I had to go to the hospital because I was in shock and I already am suffering from PTSD."

ABC13 viewer Cynthia Garcia Leal was also in the parking lot.

"The wind was so strong, I thought the car was going to slide away, this is how bad it got," Leal said.

Jesus Iturralde was sitting in his truck when it happened.

"I heard a loud thunder and everything came down on top of the vehicles," he said.

At the height of the storm in downtown Houston, the wind whipped. The rain fell sideways. At One Allen Center, strong winds blew out a revolving door, leaving behind a pile of glass.

The escalators had to be shut down just as people were getting off work because of water that had gotten into the building.

The storm knocked over power lines and trees, and caused flooding on major roadways.

At I-10 and Wayside, vehicles in both directions were at a standstill during rush hour. Workers were trying to find ways to drain the water.

As night fell, it was still an issue. The water slowly receded, finally letting traffic through.

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