Reporter Matt Sampsell took this photograph of crews working to restore power at the 1400 block of Lockwood in east Houston. (Credit: Matt Sampsell)
Thursday morning, repair crews hurried and scrambled to restore power after more than 14,000 customers lost electricity, mostly in areas north of Houston.
Torrential rain and powerful thunderstorms rumbled and worked their way through the Houston area early Thursday morning.
According to CenterPoint Energy, the storms knocked out power to about 14,632 customers as of about 7:15 a.m., Thursday morning. Customers reported power outages all morning long.
Some of the hardest hit spots were near Jersey Village, neighborhoods in southwest Houston and in Kingwood.
Areas in the The Woodlands also lost power earlier Thursday but reports indicated that the power there was quickly restored.
The National Weather Service indicated that the thunderstorms were expected to move from the north of Houston through the metropolitan area during the morning. The storms were expected to gradually taper off later Thursday.
Several streets were reported to have standing water on them early Thursday. High water was reported on the westbound side of Interstate 10 at Lockwood near downtown Houston Thursday morning. High water was also reported on eastbound FM 1488 near Community in Montgomery County and at Highway 59 at Weslayan on the south side of the highway.
Officials have warned communities about possible flooding in Harris and surrounding counties and also noted that street flooding is possible in Houston as the storms make their way through the city.