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Houston Area Cleans Up, Assesses Damage From Hailstorm

By: CICELY MITCHELL
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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) A hailstorm and severe weather caused extensive damage to property in Houston and surrounding areas Tuesday.

Although the heavy thunderstorms brought beneficial rain to a parched southeast Texas, they also came with intense lightning accompanied with large hail.

Many areas saw hail that was the size of a baseball while other Texas residents endured heavy thunder, lightening and wind gusts.

Reports indicate that ceilings of some homes were ripped off during the storm while other residents saw the huge hail pieces damage their cars, breaking windows and denting doors.

Although area meteorologists say that the worst is over for now, they encourage Houston residents as well as those in surrounding counties to keep an umbrella handy well into Wednesday. The possibility exists for lingering showers on Wednesday with the tumultuous weather and storms expected to clear out by Thursday.

Counties such as Galveston, Fort Bend and Brazoria and Harris were placed under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning as the system rolled through.

Many streets in Houston became flooded in Houston after heavy and steady downpours of rain. The Houston Fire Department responded to several high water calls on Tuesday and blocked off areas that were hazardous.

Although no deaths or major damage were reported, at one time, over 40,000 customers of CenterPoint Energy, lost power.

Clean-up and restorative efforts continued well into Wednesday.

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