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HOUSTON – Heavy storms rolled through the Houston area Monday afternoon, dropping small hail in some areas and bringing plenty of lightning.

Several area counties were briefly put under Severe Thunderstorm Warnings early in the evening, but 11 News Chief Meteorologist Gene Norman said he expected the worst of the weather to taper off as night moves in.

“The warnings were issued because there have been some reports of small hail with that, also a tremendous amount of lightning and heavy downpours,” Norman said. “The storms should die down as the evening continues.”

But they won’t stay gone for long.

Norman said we can thank an upper-level low that’s parked over Texas for all the rain. It’s been picking up deep tropical moisture from the Gulf, creating storms, and it’s going to keep at it for a while.

On Tuesday, rain chances will peak at 70 percent in the early afternoon, Norman said.

“You’ll need the umbrella again, and you’ll need to watch out for strong, drenching downpours,” Norman said.

Wednesday, there will be a 60-percent chance for storms.

The good news is, all the rain will keep highs in the 80s – that is, until the skies clear this weekend.

Norman said we could be pushing the century mark Saturday and Sunday.

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