Cloudburst storm brings terror and torrential rains to Houston, Texas

January 10, 2012HOUSTON, TX – Severe weather hit the Houston area Monday, flooding streets and homes and leaving thousands of people without power, emergency officials said. Torrential rain fell across the area, causing flash flooding that left streets and highways impassable and submerged some vehicles. “We have a lot of roadways closed, and some evacuations are going on,” said Alan Spears of the Fort Bend County office of emergency management. In the city of Richmond, rescues were conducted by boat and on foot. Spears said he believes a tornado touched down in the area. “We had 7,000 people without power in the county,” he said. Sixty miles southeast, in Texas City, a law enforcement officer witnessed what appeared to be a tornado strike near the Mall of Midland, the National Weather Service reported. The Houston/Galveston weather forecast office will examine the area and two other reported areas on Tuesday to confirm reported strikes, said Timothy Oram, an emergency response meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. Texas resident: ‘I was so scared.’ As much as 6.3 inches of rain had fallen in the past day, nearly all of it during the previous 12 hours, Oram said late Monday afternoon. At Houston Hobby Airport, 4.05 inches of rain fell, which douses the previous January 9 record of 2.54 inches set in 1955, according to Oram. Though flash flood warnings were still in effect for Chambers County and Galveston County, the worst was over, he said. “It’s moved off to the northeast; things should be improving here,” he told CNN. Video from Fort Bend County showed wind damage, including debris from building roofs and broken glass, and people trapped by the storm described terrifying moments. One resident said he felt the wind pushing into his home just before the garage door fell in and the front door of his home was blown open. “It just kept getting louder and louder and louder,” Umair Sayyed told CNN affiliate KPRC. Sayyed said he and his mother and sister sheltered inside a closet moments before the roof fell and rain poured into his home. CNN
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5 Responses to Cloudburst storm brings terror and torrential rains to Houston, Texas

  1. c/o Luisport

    Flash Flood in USA on Monday, 09 January, 2012 at 19:25 (07:25 PM) UTC.

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    Severe weather hit the Houston area Monday flooding streets and homes and leaving several thousand people without power, emergency officials said. Torrential rains fell hard and heavy across the area causing flash flooding which left streets and highways impassable and even submerged some vehicles. “We have a lot of roadways closed and some evacuations are going on,” Alan Spears with the Fort Bend County office of emergency management said. In the city of Richmond, rescues were conducted by boat and on foot. Spears believes a tornado touched down in the area. “We had seven thousand people without power in the county,” said Spears. Houston’s city manager, Michael Walter, said that parts of the city had received 1-3 inches of rain. Some isolated areas of Houston have received 4 inches, said Walter. The rain was falling so hard and fast in Houston, the National Weather Service recorded 1.6 inches in a 10 minute period. There have been no reports of injuries.

    http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/site/?pageid=event_desc&edis_id=FF-20120109-33725-USA

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  2. tinabeal says:

    Lived it, saw it, was blessed through it . . . was wicked.

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  3. StXenia says:

    WOW! I am shocked the weather down here made it on TEP, rest assured y’all, I am from Fort Bend, the Tornado hit very close to my home, but no one was hurt. We have had a major drought out here; thus the flooding. But all in all not a big deal. Nothing elbow grease and faith can’t fix! 😀 Us Texans have seen WAYYYY worse!

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  4. Amy says:

    Yikes!! Hope that storm front has lost most of its power before it hits here in a few hours!

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  5. Irene C says:

    I was trying to watching this storm since I have friends who live in the Houston area. But the one thing I noticed was (I know Texas is a big state), there were tornadoes in eastern Texas and heavy snow in western Texas.

    Maranatha

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