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Houston hit with flash flood


Rachel Schoutsen, staff writer
January 10, 2012 — An overwhelming amount of rain hits Houston, Texas causing flash flooding.


Rain and hail poured in Houston on Monday afternoon leaving the city flooded
Rain and hail poured in Houston on Monday afternoon leaving the city flooded

It was a dark scene Monday afternoon as two possible tornadoes ripped through Houston, Texas, shattering windows, destroying homes and scaring citizens.

“It was the first heavy rain after an entire year of drought. It caused flooding in the Houston area and Houston even had a tornado touch down today,” witness Robert Hamann, told The Weather Network.

The storms started in the afternoon and lashed the city with large hail and heavy rains.

Power was lost in parts of the city and motorists were stranded in their vehicles due to the high waters.

No injuries were reported, but the storm left a mark on the city.

There were reports of crumpled garage doors, damaged front lawns and part of the roof in the Texas City mall was destroyed.

A heavy manhole cover is tossed around by flood water in Downtown, Houston
A heavy manhole cover is tossed around by flood water in Downtown, Houston

Power was restored by late Monday evening, and the water levels are beginning to decrease.

The mass amounts of rain are overwhelming for Houston, but because of the lengthy drought the area has experienced, this rain can be considered essential.

“The rain will help, however it will have to be on a regular basis to improve drought conditions,” says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

There is a chance of more rain in Houston on Tuesday.

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