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Storms are hitting Houston again as more than 1 million customers are without power in Texas

Severe thunderstorms blew out the windows of tall buildings, toppled trees and knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the Houston area Thursday as Southeast Texas was hit. for the second time this month.

Flash flood and severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued for several counties, with damaging winds and even tornadoes possible into the evening, the National Weather Service office in Houston said.

“If you are near this storm, seek shelter now. Go to the lowest floor!’ the NWS office warned on social media.

Streets were flooded and trees had fallen throughout the region. CBS affiliate KHOU-TV showed images of shattered windows of an office building in downtown Houston, with glass spilling into the street below. A video posted on social media showed a downtown street covered in rubble.

Video also appeared to show water being blown into Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, despite the stadium’s roof being closed.

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Flights at Houston’s two major airports were grounded due to the weather. Sustained winds of more than 60 miles per hour were recorded at Bush Intercontinental Airport.

In total, just over a million customers were without power in Texas as of Thursday evening, according to utility tracker PowerOutage.us.

Of those, more than 842,000 customers were without electricity in and around Harris County, which includes Houston. More than 4.7 million people live in the province.

“Please avoid the roads if possible, but if you are out, please use caution and watch for debris,” said Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez wrote on social media. Gonzalez shared an image of vehicles trying to drive around a huge tree that had fallen at an intersection.

Houston Independent School District announced All schools would be closed on Friday.

In the first week of May, the region was hit by heavy storms, leading to numerous high-water rescues, including some from the roofs of flooded houses.

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