Powerful storms dump half-foot of rain on Houston

Flooding causes problems on freeways

HOUSTON – A line of powerful storms moved through Houston early Wednesday morning, dumping more than 6 inches of rain in some locations.

The heavy rain led to high water on many freeways during the morning commute. Authorities closed parts of several freeways because of rising waters. Streets in a number of Houston neighborhoods were also flooded.

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The Harris County Flood Control District reported that many bayous were full. Officials said Keegans and Brays bayous were over their banks, but have crested.

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“Over a 3- to 4-hour span this morning, rainfall amounts of 4 to 6 inches occurred over the Keegans and Brays bayou watersheds of southwest Harris County into downtown Houston,” officials said in a statement.

Officials said significant flooding was reported along U.S. Highway 59 from Fort Bend County to the northeast side of downtown Houston. Widespread flooding on roads and underpasses was also reported.

Officials said Houston firefighters responded to more than 65 calls for water rescues. The city’s Emergency Operations Center was also activated.

More than a dozen area schools were either delayed or closed because of the dangerous weather.

Parts of northeast Houston were also placed under a tornado warning early Wednesday, but there was no confirmation that a tornado touched down.

KPRC-TV meteorologist Britta Merwin said there will be a brief break in the rain before more storms move through the area about noon.

“Periods of heavy rain will be a threat until Thursday evening until a large upper-level system passes Texas,” Merwin said.

Merwin said the threat of additional severe weather is limited but possible.

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Posted by KPRC2 / Click2Houston on Wednesday, January 18, 2017