Storm floods, downs power lines in southern Houston

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Houston, TX, United States (4E) – Utility workers on Sunday were repairing downed power lines to restore electricity to 11,000 households in southern Houston following heavy rains and high winds from Saturday’s thunderstorm.

The Houston Fire Department also reported rescuing 150 motorists trapped in flooded roads in south and southwest Houston on Saturday as bands of rain dumped up to 8 inches of water around Missouri City, Stafford and Sugar Land, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

The downed power lines were mostly in Bellaire and South Houston, CenterPoint Energy spokesman Penny Todd said. Winds of 60 mph severed the power lines that affected up to 128,000 households, he said.

Harris County received 7 to 8 inches of rain, but there was minimal flooding at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

In Sugar Land, rainwater accumulated on the roof of a convenience store causing it to collapse on Saturday, local police said. No one was injured.

A cold front met warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico causing the storm in the Texas-Mexico border through Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky.

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