If you don't have a window, you might not realize it's 10 p.m. in parts of Houston.
It's a dark and stormy night out there, as Edward George Bulwer-Lytton would say.
Last night saw some major thunderstorm activity, with impressive lightning shows in some parts of town. (This being Houston, other parts of town were dry as a Mormon wedding.)
Activity was mostly to the north last night, but today it looks like a lot of the city is getting hit. In Westbury, for example, it's darker than King Joffrey's tweener heart, but the rain isn't really pouring down. Lots of thunder, though, and some very close lightning strikes, so it might be on its way.
The National Weather Service is warning of quart-size hail and possible street flooding -- you know the routine, Houston. (Which includes checking here for updates and pictures.)
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... MISSION BEND...SUGAR LAND...BELLAIRE...PECAN GROVE...RICHMOND... STAFFORD...TOWN WEST...MEADOWS...HUNTERS CREEK VILLAGE...BUNKER HILL VILLAGE...SPRING VALLEY...PINEY POINT VILLAGE...HEDWIG VILLAGE AND HILSHIRE VILLAGE.
IF YOU ARE IN THE PATH OF THIS STORM...PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR LARGE HAIL AND DEADLY CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING. PEOPLE OUTSIDE SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER...PREFERABLY INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING AND AWAY FROM WINDOWS.
Metro is also warning about bus service:
Severe weather conditions are causing delays to bus service and rail. METRO is advising patrons to plan for longer transit times. Light rail service is currently available but high water may delay schedules. Bus service is operating on all routes but detours may be required due to flooding in some areas.
If you see any severe weather scenes, be sure to pull out the ol' cell phone and either mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to our Facebook page, our Twitter account or our Flickr pool. Thanks, and stay dry.
Update: The Houston Fire Department is reporting that a person was hit by lightning about 10 a.m. this morning. The individual, whose name, gender and age have not been released, was standing near the Metro North Office Park in the 1700 block of Seamist. He or she has been taken to the hospital; no word on his or her condition.
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