Strong thunderstorms that brought heavy rain and gusting winds — and perhaps a tornado — knocked power for thousands of Houston homes and businesses Tuesday.
As of 12:30 p.m., about 6,100 Centerpoint Energy customers were without power. As a heavy band of storms whacked Houston from the west between 8 and 10 a.m., outages peaked at more than 25,000, the utility said.
Before dawn on Tuesday, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for parts of Wharton, Brazoria, Harris and Fort Bend counties. Initial reports suggest Fort Bend County got hit the hardest; Centerpoint published photographs from crews in the field depicting uprooted trees, torn roofs and destroyed electrical equipment.
Wendy Wong, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said the agency has crews out to Van Vleck, Wharton and Fort Bend County to survey damage there and determine whether a tornado touched down, as some residents have reported.
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"And if there was, we want to know the size and intensity as well," Wong added.
To check outages in your neighborhood, visit Centerpoint's outage tracker.