Severe weather moves through Houston area

HOUSTON – Severe weather moved through the Houston area Tuesday, bringing heavy rain, lightning and high winds.


Severe Thunderstorm and Flash Flood warnings for the area have expired.

Strong storms with gusty 40 to 60 mph winds, lots of lightning and very heavy rain continue across the area. Storms are moving south at 15 mph out of Montgomery and Grimes counties into Waller and Harris counties.

Heavy rain and flooding in northern Galveston and southeastern Harris County, from Clear Lake to Taylor Lake Village.

Storms will be active all afternoon.

Rain chances decrease as we head into the end of the week.

Expect the 4th of July weather to be hot in the mid-90s with very low chances of rain.

HIGH WATER LOCATIONS as of 6:30 p.m.:

  • US-59 Southbound At BRAZOS RIVER in Fort Bend County 1 Frontage Road Lane

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Lightning strikes cause multiple house fires in north Harris County

Multiple firefighter crews are tackling several houses fires that officials believe were sparked by severe lightning in the area, according to the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office.

According to the Cypress-Fairbanks Fire Department, firefighters arrived to heavy flames and smoke at a two-story home in the 8500 Riverside Walk. Investigators said no one was harmed and the fire was extinguished shortly after 3 p.m.

The fire marshal said lightning was most likely the cause of an attic fire at a home in the 17000 block of Clearbright Lane at Erinwood Drive. Investigators said lightning struck a tree, which then fell on the residence. The fire is now under control, officials said.

Authorities said the Harris County Emergency Corps is currently on the scene of three house fires, including homes in the 5300 block of Breen Drive, the 1800 block of Sonomabreeze Drive and the 11000 block of Sunlit Leaf Court.

Firefighters said a lightning strike hit the back corner of the house at Woodruff and Herbert streets. There were four people in the home at the time, but luckily the fire was in the house's backyard. 

Officials said no one was injured and the fire was put out within a couple minutes.

The official cause of the other fires will be determined once fire marshal investigators examine the scenes.

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