Strong storms pound Houston area, bringing heavy rain and flooding
Updated On: Sep 21 2013 09:31:07 PM CDT
The National Weather Service says an excess of 3 inches of rain fell into the Houston area, leaving some drivers trapped in water.
Harris and Fort Bend counties were under a Flash Flood Warning until 12:15 a.m. Saturday due to the heavy rainfall. The storms also brought frequent lightning.
The heaviest rain moved out of the west side of Harris County at around 11:30 p.m. Friday and over to the east side, where another inch of rain could fall. and the coastal areas.
The Harris County Flood Control District said an average of 3-5 inches of rain has fallen from Sugar Land to Spring, and across west and central Harris County.
As of 9 a.m. Saturday, the Flood Control District said bayous and creeks were back in their banks and water is receding.
On Friday night, the following areas had rising waters, causing flooding concerns:
South Mayde Creek at Greenhouse Road, Halls Bayou I-45,
Keegans Bayou near Beltway 8, Lower White Oak Bayou near Heights Boulevard, and Brickhouse Gully at Costa Rica Street.
The Flood Control District said there were no reports of house flooding on Friday night.
Portions of the Highway 59, 610 West Loop and Highway 290 feeder roads, as well as numerous side streets, were impassable Friday night for a period of time.
Sporadic, heavy rains were the order of the day earlier Friday with 1-2 inches common throughout our viewing area, although some areas in northeast Harris County into Liberty County have received more 4-5 inches of rain.
The tropical system in the Bay of Campeche did not develop, so we did not have that as a "blocker" and the front moved through fast.
Fall officially begins at 3:44 p.m. Sunday, so with any luck we will have a nice beginning to the season.
Of course, Local 2 meteorologists are tracking all of this for you all weekend, so stay tuned.