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Severe Weather Is Here (w/Pictures!): Save Those Files, Use the Tunnels & Tip Your Pizza Guy Better (Updated: Person Hit By Lightning)

Corner of Washington & Sawyer: Lightless.
Corner of Washington & Sawyer: Lightless.
Photo by Daniel Aaron

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.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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.
Studemont under I-10 is risky.
Studemont under I-10 is risky.
Photo by Daniel Aaron

If you see any severe weather scenes, be sure to pull out the ol' cell phone and either mail them to rich.connelly@houstonpress.com 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.

Some other pics:  

Watching the curbs carefully in Westbury.
Watching the curbs carefully in Westbury.
Our Abrahan Garza out in the rain, and yes, it's still before noon.
Our Abrahan Garza out in the rain, and yes, it's still before noon.
Just a pleasant morning in downtown Houston.
Just a pleasant morning in downtown Houston.
Photo by Abrahan Garza
Gloomy.
Gloomy.
Photo by Abrahan Garza

 

No, YOU go get lunch.
No, YOU go get lunch.
Photo by Abrahan Garza
Coming into Midtown from the south.
Coming into Midtown from the south.
Photo by Marcus Chavez
Want to stand under that traffic light?
Want to stand under that traffic light?
Photo by Daniel Aaron
Near Fannin & Wheeler
Near Fannin & Wheeler
Photo by Francisco Montes
Good luck driving.....
Good luck driving.....
Photo by Francisco Montes

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