The weather gods evidently have decided they haven’t yet crapped on Houston enough for one month. This morning, another line of gnarly thunderstorms pushed its way through the city, just in time for rush hour traffic. By the time the quickly moving storms had pushed through, the Harris County Sheriff's Office confirmed that one woman died from a tree that crashed into her mobile home near Tomball (authorities haven't yet released the woman's name).
While not a full encore to the type of storms that inundated Houston last week, the severe weather early this morning brought tornado warnings in Harris, Polk and San Jacinto counties. The National Weather Service reported wind speeds as high as 60 mph and even warned of the possibility of nickel-size hail. Some school districts on the outer edge of the Houston area canceled or delayed classes.
A flood warning for the area around Addicks Reservoir remains in effect until late Friday afternoon (a flood warning was issued for the beleaguered Addicks and Barker reservoirs for the first time ever last week; the Barker flood warning has since lapsed). CenterPoint reports more than 120,000 people across the region lost power because of the storms.
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On top of all that, the forecast for the week out isn’t exactly encouraging. According to the weather service, an “active weather pattern” is expected to develop sometime later this week, bringing widespread showers and thunderstorms Friday and Saturday across the region. Luckily, according to the indefatigable Eric “Sci Guy” Berger, conditions don’t look too “conducive” for the kind of very heavy rainfall we saw last week.