Severe weather moves through Southeast Texas
Updated On: Apr 14 2014 07:48:31 PM CDT
Severe thunderstorms sweep through almost every corner of Southeast Texas on Monday. The result was thousands without power, flight delays and some much-needed rain.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was issued by mid-morning for about 15 north and western counties in our area. It was allowed to expire at 5 p.m.
The moderate to heavy rain began to push through and didn't end until late Monday evening. Before it was done, several Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued because of damaging winds and large hail.
One severe weather warning was even issued in Harris and Galveston counties as a strong thunderstorm rolled past Highway 36 and Highway 288 south of Houston at around 4:30 p.m.
The Fort Bend Sheriff's Office received several phone calls about penny-sized hail in Needville.
Monday's strong winds did down trees west of Houston. One tree took down some power lines.
CenterPoint Energy reported early Monday afternoon more than 10,000 customers were without power.
On the roads, rain started to pile up, like at I-45 and Tidwell.
Many rain gauges around Harris County recorded 1 to 2 inches of rain:
Houston IAH: 1.50"
Friendswood at FM 2351: 1.60"
Spring Branch: 1.76"
Sugar Land at Sugar Creek: 1.08"
The rain will be winding down late Monday evening, but will be leaving behind windy and very chilly conditions.
A wind advisory is in effect for Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Colorado, Fort Bend, Grimes, Houston, Liberty, Madison, Monterrey, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity, Walker, Waller, Washington, and Wharton Counties until 9 p.m. Monday.
Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Jackson and Matagorda Counties are also under a wind advisory, but this alert lasts until 4 a.m. Tuesday.
Temperatures will be taking a dive Tuesday morning into the 30s.
There is the possibility of breaking overnight low records in Houston and College Station. Both have old records of 38 degrees set in 1928. Houston has a forecasted low of 38 degrees, and College Station could bottom out at 34 degrees.
Prepare for wind chill temperatures near or below freezing Tuesday morning.
If you are planning on staying up or waking up early to watch the total lunar eclipse, or Blood Moon, you will need to add as many layers as you can.
At that time, temperatures will be in the low 40s with winds around 15 to 20 mph. At least skies will be mainly clear.