Tornado watch canceled as storms exit Houston area

By Khambrel Marshall - Meteorologist, 'Newsmakers' Host

HOUSTON - A powerful line of storms with heavy rain and high wind raced through the Houston area early Thursday.

A tornado watch that was issued for much of Southeast Texas until 11 a.m. was scaled back an eventually canceled as the system exited the region.

A flood warning has been issued until Friday morning for the following bodies of water:

  • Mound Creek at FM Road 362
  • Trinity River near Riverside
  • Navasota River near Normangee
  • Long King Creek at Livingston

As the front continues to move through the area, the roads will remain slick through Thursday morning’s commute into the afternoon.

If the system stalls, the rainfall could cause some street flooding, but the primary issue will be the high winds and the possibility for isolated tornadoes.

Wind gusts of 40 mph will be impacting several counties. The broader line of storms is still on pace to impact the Houston area between 4:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

RADAR: Check the interactive radar to track the rain

The first round of storms moved through Wednesday evening, but the real threat comes with the second round of storms, which will produce a greater chance for severe weather.

About 1 to 3 inches of rain could lead to some minor street flooding. Damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are also possible. Wind gusts this morning have been up to 40 mph in some locations.

As storms pass through Thursday morning by 8 or 9 a.m., temperatures will drop a bit but will still make it back to the low 70s by Thursday afternoon with the sun creeping back out.

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