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Severe Weather in Texas Brings Thunderstorm Warning and Tornado Watch

“You can see a wall of heavy rain,” KPRC Local 2 meteorologist Anthony Yanez. “From 10 o’clock to 2 o’clock is the time to watch for these dangerous storms.”

“Do not take these warnings lightly. Typically, whenever we get these and see a pattern like we had this morning, we’ll see a handful of tornadoes,” Yanez said.

Gusty winds and scattered showers moved through the area at 2 a.m., knocking out power to 30,000 CenterPoint Energy customers. As of 6:30 a.m., approximately 18,000 people remained without electricity.

“Earlier this morning, we had wind gusts of 50 to 55 mph,” Yanez said. “That’s what knocked down some of those trees and power lines. We could still see some 60 mph straight-line winds, hail and lots of lightning.”

A low-pressure system is responsible for strong storms in central and northern Texas, which are expected to drench the Houston area most of the day.

“There’s a couple of lines that we’re tracking. The strongest one will arrive in Houston around noon. It’s a concern for this morning until early afternoon. The radar is picking up a lot of twisting winds,” Yanez said. “It’s going to be wet from 8 o’clock all the way through 2 o’clock. By 5 p.m., this storm system will be in our eastern counties.”

…(Click2Houston)

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January 25, 2012 - Posted by | Climate, Weather | , , , ,

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