Reports: Severe Storms Produce Large Hail, Down Trees in Texas

By Jillian MacMath, Staff Writer
May 11, 2013; 5:10 AM ET
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The severe storm threat is winding down across the South, although heavy rainfall and localized flooding problems will persist into the day on Saturday.

Showers and thunderstorms will persist along the Gulf Coast States throughout the day. This could lead to additional flash flooding, especially in areas that have picked up several inches of rain over the past few days.

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3:30 a.m. CDT Saturday: Beaumont, Texas, has received 8.53 inches of rain over the past 28 hours. They average 5.23 inches of rain for the entire month of May.

1:30 a.m. CDT Saturday: Significant street flooding has been reported in North Port Arthur, Texas.

1:15 a.m. CDT Saturday: Golf ball-sized hail reportedly damaged vehicles at Jamaica Beach in Galveston County, Texas just after midnight local time.

12:35 a.m. CDT Saturday: Thanks to persistent thunderstorms, there have been reports of flash flooding in and around downtown Laredo, Texas.

11:50 p.m. CDT Friday: A thunderstorm capable of producing hail and damaging winds will approach Galveston, Texas between 12:00 and 12:30 a.m. CDT.

11:20 p.m. CDT Friday: The best chance for severe weather over the next several hours will be across South Texas, especially between Laredo and McAllen. These are areas that are in need of the rain, but large hail and damaging winds are possible with some of the stronger storms overnight.

11:15 p.m. CDT Friday: A thunderstorm capable of producing hail and damaging winds is now moving between Needville and Alvin, Texas, which are south of Houston.

10:15 p.m. CDT Friday: An area of showers and thunderstorms is now entering the Houston metro area. These storms are not expected to be severe, but will contain heavy rainfall, gusty winds and frequent lightning. Minor flooding is possible in poor drainage areas.

8:14 p.m. CDT Friday: In Elgin, Texas, trees are down on Redtown Road.

7:45 p.m. CDT Friday: There has been structural damage to several homes an a silo near Somerset, Texas, which is just south of San Antonio. There was also a report that a tractor-trailer overturned as a result of the storms.

7:05 p.m. CDT Friday: Baseball sized-hail was reported 3 miles north of Pearsall, Texas.

6:20 p.m. CDT Friday: As the storms move through the same areas of Texas and Louisiana that they did earlier, the risk of flash flooding increases.

5:00 p.m. CDT Friday: In Reagan Wells, Texas, one-quarter inch hail with winds gusting to 60 mph was reported.

4:00 p.m. CDT Friday A tree was blown down onto a mobile home in Lockport, LA.

3:58 p.m. CDT Friday: East of Rowena, Texas, telephone poles are down along Highway 67.

3:41 p.m. CDT Friday: Ten miles north of Paint Rock, Texas, a tree branch 6 inches in diameter is down along US-83.

2:35 p.m. CDT Friday: One-inch hail was reported 8 miles south of Bronte, Texas.

1:00 p.m. CDT Friday: "I would not rule out severe thunderstorms along the I-10 corridor on southward this afternoon with an emphasis on flash flooding but also a risk of locally damaging wind gusts and hail," Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. Those making the afternoon commute should check weather conditions before heading home.

11:51 a.m. CDT Friday: Storms tracking along the upper Texas coast will move into southern Louisiana this afternoon.

11:35 a.m. CDT Friday: Wind gusts to 60 miles per hour have been reported in Bay City, Texas.

11:17 a.m. CDT Friday: Downed trees and other wind-blown debris has been reported on Highway 60 outside of Boling-Iago, Texas.

10:58 a.m. CDT Friday: Portions of US 59 in Houston are closed due to high water levels from flash flooding.

10:55 a.m. CDT Friday: Hail and flash flooding are being reported out of Houston.

10:25 a.m. CDT Friday: The line of severe storms working its way across Texas is fast-approaching Houston, as hail just under an inch in diameter is reported just northeast of the city.

10:10 a.m. CDT Friday: Large hail reports continue in Texas as ping-pong-ball sized hailstones were reported in Lavaca County.

10:04 a.m. CDT Friday: "The nasty line of thunderstorms that slammed the New Orleans area earlier has shifted away," said meteorologist Meghan Evans. "The most violent thunderstorms are now located over the Gulf of Mexico. However, severe storms are still slamming portions of Texas. The greatest risk of torrential downpours, highs winds and hail currently stretches from just west of Houston to Victoria, Texas."

9:45 a.m. CDT Friday: Four NWS reports of large (an inch or bigger) hail have come out of east-central Texas so far this morning.

9:15 a.m. CDT Friday: Quarter-sized hail reported in Austin County, Texas.

8:49 a.m. CDT Friday: "Storms are diminishing somewhat moving toward Mobile, Ala.," said Senior Expert Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. "However, storms are ramping up approaching Victoria and Houston, Texas, during the midday to lunchtime."

8:02 a.m. CDT Friday: Dime-sized hail was reported outside of Brainfells, Texas.

7:32 a.m. CDT Friday: Severe storms and flash flooding are currently targeting New Orleans. Click here New Orleans for local radar.

7:12 a.m. CDT Friday: Wind gusts to 53 mph were recorded at Lakefront Airport in New Orleans, La.


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