(HOUSTON) — Storms slowing moving through Texas early Saturday left thousands without power and caused flash flooding as they dumped large amounts of rain in several counties.
The city of Pasadena, about 15 miles southeast of Houston, received 3.6 inches of rain in 30 minutes late Friday, a rate that occurs once approximately every 500 years, said Harris County Flood Control District officials.
The city of Houston received nearly three inches of rain. About 78,000 customers were without power in the metro area early Saturday.
More than 40 homes in La Porte, a small city nearby, flooded after taking on over a half foot of water. Some roads in the area were completely impassible due to the high water levels.
A lightning strike caused an explosion and fire at a shale oil tank facility in Karnes County, near San Antonio, said the sheriff’s office. No injuries were reported.
Storms were expected to move eastward this weekend, bringing more strong winds, hail, heavy rain and even some tornadoes to parts of the southeast.
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