A Thursday morning thunderstorm dumped rain across Greater Houston, creating some minor flooding and power outages across the city.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for much of the region that will be in effect until 4 p.m. Flood advisories have been issued for parts of Fort Bend, Waller, San Jacinto, Montgomery and Harris counties until late this morning. The weather service has also put south Galveston County under a flash flood warning until late Thursday morning.
By morning, parts of Clear Lake, Texas City and areas near the coast were experiencing some road flooding, according to "SciGuy" Eric Berger over at the Houston Chronicle, who reports that flood advisories are likely to move inland as the storm tracks closer to and then moves past the metro area this morning. TranStar is currently reporting that high water has closed three of the frontage road lanes on the Hardy Toll Road southbound near Crosstimbers. Flooding has also shuttered two main lanes on I-45 northbound at Main Street.
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The bigger problem this morning appears to be power outages. As of this writing, CenterPoint Energy is reporting that some 18,000 customers across the Greater Houston area are without power. See their power outage map here.