Floods, Tornadoes Blast Through Houston Metro
Widespread flooding and multiple tornadoes struck the Houston, Texas metropolitan area on Saturday morning, leading to damaged homes, power outages, closed roadways and two fatalities.
According to Houston meteorologist Jeff Lindner, an average of 5.2″ of rain fell across Harris County, which includes Houston, amounting to 153 billion gallons of water falling on the city. That led to several water-covered roadways and road closures and the deaths of at least two people, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The National Weather Service office in Houston confirmed an EF-0 tornado in Alvin, Texas on Saturday morning, damaging approximately 25 trailer homes. The office also confirmed an EF-2 in Friendswood, Texas in northern Galveston County on the southern fringe of the Houston area, causing damage to several dozen homes in that area as well. No serious injuries were reported from the tornadoes, however.
At one point on early Saturday, over 65,000 homes in the Houston area were without power, according to CenterPoint Energy, but as of Saturday afternoon that number had been reduced to approximately 12,000.
The rainfall had already subsided in Houston by Saturday afternoon, but flooding rain and severe weather, and the possibility for more tornadoes, moved east into Louisiana and Mississippi, leading to more heavy rainfall and unconfirmed tornado reprorts.
Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on the nasty weather across the South.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi