Neighborhoods clean up before more bad weather

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HOUSTON - People in northwest Houston spent Friday cleaning up the neighborhood after storms moved through the area the day before.

One tree fell on a home on Cole Creek Drive. It damaged the roof and smashed the carport, which fell on top of two cars.  The owner said the home is not insured.

"A lot of wind.  A lot of rain. Got really bad," said neighbor Donald Hansard. "I saw just a wall of water coming from the south toward us. I took off back into the house and within a couple of minutes, I heard that big boom. Evidentially it was that tree breaking."

A citizen patrol member said he has lived in the neighborhood for years and has never seen anything like the damage from that storm.

"We was just sitting here and all of a sudden those limbs (were) falling down," Don Black said.

The winds also took down at least seven trees in a parking lot on Highway 290 and Hollister in northwest Houston. That included a tree that fell on a woman's car. She and her kids were inside a Target store when they saw the rain fall and shopping baskets flying.  

"All of a sudden, I came outside to get the car to get the kids and the tree is on top of my car," shopper Erin Means said.

The storm was strong enough to take down a brick wall at the Forrest Lake townhomes on Tidwell at Bingle. Crews were out there on Friday to clear away the bricks.

There was also some damage in southwest Houston that was attributed to the storms. Lightning hit one home and started a small fire in its attic.

No injuries were reported.

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