Texas storms damage homes, cancel flights and knock out power to 175,000 – Lightning strikes girl near Houston


Severe storms, some capable of producing tornadoes, are moving across parts of the South. A possible tornado damaged homes and other buildings in San Gabriel, Texas. The storm caused extensive damage to San Gabriel Christian Church. More than 375 flights into and out of Houston and Dallas were canceled. FEMA trailers were damaged at an old Navy base in Bee County. More than 175,000 customers were without electricity at one point.

Texas Storms Damage Homes, Cancel Flights and Knock Out Power to Tens of Thousands
Texas Storms Damage Homes, Cancel Flights and Knock Out Power to Tens of Thousands

Thunderstorms continue to impact parts of Texas the day after a possible tornado destroyed buildings and ripped the roof off a home in San Gabriel.

The storms knocked down power lines and caused road flooding as they moved east into the Houston area Sunday afternoon.

More than 158,000 homes and businesses were without electricity as of 4 p.m. Sunday, according to poweroutage.us.

More than 370 flights into and out of airports in Houston and Dallas were canceled, according to flightaware.com.

Downed power lines shut down northbound lanes on Interstate 69 at Polk Street in Houston.

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office said an 11-year-old girl was in good condition after being struck by lightning about 12:45 p.m. in Dayton, Texas, about 35 miles northeast of Houston.

Sam Stevenson told KEYE-TV his 95 year old grandmother was in the house Saturday afternoon when the storm hit the small community about 45 miles northeast of Austin, Texas.

All I can say she’s a woman of faith and I’m sure she turned it all over to the good Lord,” Stevenson told the station.

Other images on social media showed a grain silo ripped from its foundation and a number of sheds and other outbuildings knocked down.

Juan L. Rodriguez of KVUE reported Sunday that the San Gabriel Christian Church was damaged in Saturday’s storm. He said the roof was ripped off and everything inside the church was drenched.

Hail and road flooding also was reported in parts of Central Texas. KXAN listed more than three dozens street closings in Austin and Central Texas.

High water forced the closing of at least one lane of Interstate 35 northbound at Runberg Lane in Austin.

And another video of baseball hail in Alto, Texas:

With the threat of severe storms continuing, organizers canceled the Statesman Capitol 10K in Austin on Sunday. More than 23,000 had signed up to run in the race, the Austin American Statesman reported.

About 7:15 a.m. CDT, officials in Bee County, Texas, said wind had damaged or destroyed FEMA trailers that were staged at a former Navy air station, according to the National Weather Service.

Farther south, in San Antonio, Texas, officials were conducting a high water rescue about 9 a.m. Sunday.

The San Antonio Police Department reported two separate jackknifed tractor-trailers that shut down highways for about two hours.

Hopefully, these furious storms will soon come to an end! But I doubt… They are being weaponized!

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[Weather Channel]

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