Storms cause flooding, fire, and power outages across the area
Heavy rains and hail moved through the Houston area late Saturday afternoon, stranding cars and causing flooding in low-lying areas across the region.
Harris County Flood Control reports up to seven-inches of rain fell in some areas, while the Houston Fire Department answered more than 50 calls for water rescues.
Centerpoint Energy reports that more than 45,000 people lost power during the peak of the storm. Kindred Hospital East Houston reportedly had to relocate patients to its other facilities in Baytown and Clear Lake after losing power. Electricity was restored about an hour later, but patients were moved as a precaution.
A Sugar Land food store was destroyed when investigators say the weight of the rainwater caused the roof to collapse. Owners of the Famis Food Market at Dulles and Lexington barely had enough tim to evacuate the building before the roof came down.
Cy-Fair fire officials say that lightning is also to blame for a fire at an oil storage facility along FM 529. The two-alarm fire started near the intersection with Barker-Cypress, just blocks from the closest fire station. No one was injured.