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Flood Warnings Issued As Severe Thunderstorms Bring Heavy Rain

A Flood Warning was issued Friday as severe thunderstorms brought heavy rain, flooding and power outages that prompted school closures and delayed openings.

National Weather Service Houston Radar
National Weather Service Houston Radar

A flash flood watch was issued Friday as severe thunderstorms brought heavy rain, flooding and power outages that prompted school closures and delayed openings.

The watch was in effect until 7 p.m. Friday for parts of southeast Texas including Harris County, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties. Houston, Liberty, Burleson, Washington, Waller, Grimes, Brazos, Polk, Madison, San Jacinto, Trinity and Austin counties were also included in the watch.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for San Jacinto River near Sheldon, Cypress Creek near Katy-Hockley Road and Cypress Creek at Grant Road.

Heavy rainfall totaling between 10 and 20 inches fell from Thursday through early Friday morning from Brenham to Conroe and was slowly receding as additional showers and thunderstorms remained possible, according to the National Weather Service in League City.

Severe storms and heavy downpours that moved across the region left homes and roads north of Houston flooded.

Montgomery County Homeland Security Planner Cynthia Jamieson says the storms brought down trees and washed out roads overnight.

“Things that were not passable yesterday are passable,” Jamieson says. “The waters have receded for the most part. You find the debris on the side of the road and you know where the water was high because of pine needles and the debris. But for the most part Montgomery County is passable.”

Jamieson says part of Spring Branch Road in Montgomery, west of Conroe was washed out.

And a bridge on Buffalo Springs in Montgomery is also washed out.

A line of downed trees and telephone poles led to rumors of a tornado touching down in Conroe.

But Jamieson says early assessments indicate the damage was probably caused by straight line winds.

Houston Transtar reported over 50 high water locations across the Houston area as of 10:40 a.m.

Conroe ISD, Hempstead ISD, Willis ISD, Splendora ISD, Brenham ISD, Navasota ISD and Waller ISD announced canceled classes for Friday. Tomball ISD, Dayton ISD, Huffman ISD and Montgomery County ISD officials said they were beginning classes on a two-hour delay due to the weather.

Meanwhile, Brenham residents saw shattered records Thursday with rainfall totals of 16.62 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

Heavy rain in the Austin area overnight led to several stranded vehicles and swift water rescues, the Associated Press reported.

Weather resources:

Traffic & High Water Locations: Houston TranStar

Bayous & Creeks: Harris County Flood Control District, Montgomery County

Preparedness & Emergency Information: www.readyharris.org

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