Strong Storm System Left Many Without Power [UPDATED]

High winds and heavy rains left thousands of CenterPoint customers waiting for their lights to come back on Thursday evening.
High winds and heavy rains left thousands of CenterPoint customers waiting for their lights to come back on Thursday evening.
Update 8:50 a.m. 6-9-23

As of Friday, at 7:30 a.m. there were still around 35,000 CenterPoint customers without power
as a result of the strong storms downing power lines at homes and businesses on Thursday

Many of the outages were resolved either last night or early into this morning – at the height of
the storms, there were more than 222,000 home and business owners waiting for their lights to
turn back on.

CenterPoint took to twitter to notify their customers that they were working on repairs and
restorations, but that they may take longer as crews were handling fallen trees and wires from
power lines that needed to be safely cleared from the work sites.
The energy company asked customers to be careful if they were driving on the roads on
Thursday night or early Friday morning and to slow down or move to the side if they saw
CenterPoint crew working on a repair.
Space City Weather reported that the storms that popped up early-to-mid afternoon on
Thursday and went into the evening added to a system already coming in from the north and
west. They also interacted with each other to produce “out-of-the blue” lightning strikes, prior to
when the storms had actually developed.

Although there is a chance Friday will be wet again, it is lower than Thursday and only areas
east of Houston are expected to see stronger storms. Saturday the threat for severe weather
increases in the afternoon, with a higher risk in North Houston and lower south of the city,
according to the forecasts.

Original story

A severe storm system blew through the Greater Houston area on Thursday evening leaving more than 222,000 CenterPoint Energy customers without power.

This included the power at the Hattie Mae White Building where the Houston ISD Board of Managers held their first meeting since the appointing new board members. After shutting off for a few brief moments, it was back up and running.

The National Weather Service issued thunderstorm warnings for the region, a majority ending at 6:30 p.m.; however, parts of Northwest Galveston County, Northeast Brazoria County, West Central Chambers County and Southeastern Harris County were all under alert until 6:45 p.m.

The system brought ping-pong sized hail and 70 mph gusts of wind, causing the possibility for hail and wind damage to roofs, windows and vehicles, according to the weather service.

Space City Weather forecasts indicate Friday may bring another wet day with the chance of isolated strong thunderstorms, primarily east of Houston toward Beaumont and Port Arthur.

On Saturday rainfall is likely in the afternoon and evening, especially north of I-10, but most places within the region will stay dry. Temperatures remain relatively the same throughout the weekend, with slightly lower morning temperatures in the low-to-mid 70s – but remain high in the afternoon getting into the 90s on both days.