Harris County Flood Control Issues Storm Report for Last Friday, Saturday: Here’s What Hit Us

Someone on Facebook asked, “How did the May 3 and 4 storms in Kingwood compare to surrounding areas?” Here’s the answer – from Jeff Lindner, Harris County Flood Control’s chief meteorologist.

Storm Report for Lake Houston Area

Kingwood, Harris: Straight line winds of 65-70mph produced a swath of damage across a portion of Kingwood including damage to some roofs as well as trees and power lines.

Woodland Hills between River Grove Park and Romerica Property. Brief rainfall on 5/3/19 exceeded capacity of drainage ditches and culverts, forcing part of the water to divert down greenbelt trail toward wetlands in River Grove Park. Video courtesy of Mohamad-Khaled Chaouki Jrab.

Lake Houston, Harris: public video of waterspout over Lake Houston just north of the FM 1960 bridge and near the eastern shore of Lake Houston

Storm Report for Surrounding Areas

LaGrange, Fayette: Tornado ***EF-2** * 120mph winds. 2.48 miles long and 75 yards wide.

Tornado began south of the airport where heavy tree damage occurred and then approached HWY 71 where heavy damage occurred to a business where vehicles were overturned. A 90,000 pound piece of machinery was shifted and overturned…rated EF 2 at this location. The tornado continued north and crossed HWY 71 destroying a metal building and heavily damaging a church. The tornado dissipated just south of the Colorado River.

Eagle Lake, Colorado: Tornado ***EF-0*** 65-85mph. Spotter, fire department, and emergency management officials reported and recorded on video a couple of weak tornado touchdown in open rural farm land SW and S of Eagle Lake. Damage was confined to trees over open land. 

4SW Monaville, Waller: wind damage to trees….possible tornado. Public cell phone video near the time of the report and radar data showing a velocity couplet supports a brief and weak tornado touchdown. This was the start of the supercell cell that would produce wind damage across N Harris County and another tornado near Tomball.

Tomball, Harris: Tornado ***EF-0*** 65-85mph. Trained storm spotter recorded a large funnel cloud west of Tomball that appeared to have at least one portion of the funnel reach the ground. Wind damage occurred near FM 2920 and Telge Rd, which was near the video of the funnel cloud. Additional wind damage occurred north of FM 2920 and north of Tomball along Hufsmith Rd.

Spring, Harris: wind damage including a large pine tree onto a house.

Matagorda, Matagorda: 46mph wind gust recorded by Weatherflow site

Santa Fe, Galveston: roof and damage to a home on Gamble Rd from straight line winds

San Leon, Galveston: 62mph wind gust recorded by Eagle Point PORTS site

Galveston, Galveston: 45mph wind recorded near Fort Crockett

Posted by Bob Rehak on May 5, 2019

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