Heavy Storms and Heavy Flooding Across Houston Texas
Heavy storms roared across the Houston area Friday evening causing multiple roads closing and evacuations because of the floodwaters.
In Galveston, torrential rain came down on the area as the swirling winds as severe weather moved through the area.
The waters continue to rise in and around Harris County.
The North Freeway was flooded heading southbound near the San Jacinto River and northbound at Wilson. Other areas of the North Freeway affected by high water were Parker, North Shepherd, and Richey.
Several frontage roads and freeway ramps near Interstate 610 and US 59 in Southwest Houston were flooded Friday night.
Two people died and others missing as powerful thunderstorms battered the Houston region overnight into Friday, swamping dozens of roadways, forcing several school districts to cancel or delay classes, and causing evacuations.
The 2 deaths occurred in Washington County when floodwaters swamped roads and sent creeks spilling over their banks, 5 people ar believed to be missing.
Northwestern Pasadena, northern Sugar Land, northwestern Baytown, northern Missouri City and Jacinto City were some areas expected to experience flooding.
The Houston Office of Emergency Management said Friday afternoon that flights were delayed at George Bush Intercontinental Airport due to the severe weather.
Up to 10 ins of rain fell, deluging roads and creeks. Dozens of people were rescued from high water.
Flooded roadways were reported in Tomball and The Woodlands. In northern Harris County, Spring Creek was swollen.
The Red Cross opened a shelter at First Baptist Church in Hempstead for those forced to leave their homes.
“The skies are clear and things look good. But we want to make sure people understand that we are not out of the woods yet. We have to keep an eye on water that is coming through our bayou system,” said a spokesman for the Office of Emergency Management in Harris County, where Houston is located.
Other parts of the US got drenched Friday, including Kansas.
In central Kansas, the Wichita Fire Department said Saturday that it’s searching for an 11-year-old boy who went missing after he was swept away by a swollen creek Friday night. The department said on its Facebook page that 2 cadaver police dogs are taking part in the search.
In Washington County, Texas, located between Austin and Houston, 2 people have died and 2 are missing after more than 16.5 inches of rain fell in some places on Thursday and Friday. The torrential rainfall swelled rivers and other waterways, washing away mobile homes and flooding businesses and homes. Authorities there performed more than 50 water rescues.
Saturday afternoon, Tropical Storm Bonnie formed in the Atlantic Ocean and brought rain and wind to the coast of South Carolina.
Bonnie is the season’s 2nd-named tropical storm, emerging just 4 days before the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center in Miami added.
No evacuations have been ordered at this time.
The center said a tropical storm warning is in effect from Savannah River to the Little River Inlet in South Carolina and that Bonnie’s extended system was dumping rain already in coastal areas.