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Some streets, homes underwater near Houston

HOUSTON - From KHOU TV and www.khou.com - Heavy downpours have drenched the Greater Houston area, prompting multiple warnings and watches from the National Weather Service.

A Flash Flood Warning was in effect for Austin, Harris, Montgomery, Waller and Washington counties until 3 p.m.

A Flash Flood Watch was in effect for all of Southeast Texas until 4 p.m.

Areas of Waller and Montgomery counties have seen eight to 10 inches of rain in the last 24 hours. The Harris County Flood Control said nearly a foot of rain has fallen in the area since Saturday. The heavy rainfall has also caused a few creeks and bayous to swell. Click here for a list of bayous they're keeping a close watch on.

Volunteer firefighters used a boat to rescue two women who were stranded in their flooded home in the Montgomery County town of Stagecoach. They climbed up in a tree to escape the rising waters and wait for help.

Some homes in Tomball have also flooded. We'll have a live report from there on KHOU 11 News at 4 p.m.

Tomball police say they're checking reports of drivers stranded in cars on 249, north of Tomball. Our crews reported over a foot of water on 2920 west of Tomball.

KHOU 11 News reporter Tiffany Craig reported parts of Mueschke Road north of 290 were under 3 feet of water. That water is from Little Cypress Creek in northwest Harris County.

Multiple lightning strikes and street flooding were reported as the storms rolled through. Click here for an updated list of problem areas.

Lightning was being blamed for a house fire on Biden Oaks Street in northwest Harris County early Thursday. It was not clear if anyone was injured.

In downtown Houston, rising water caused manhole covers to come off drains near the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Just before 1 p.m., CenterPoint Energy said about 2,700 customers were without power in the Houston area.

Though the rain was not expected to hang around all day, KHOU 11 News Meteorologist David Paul said the wet weather pattern will remain Friday.

"This system is expected to continue to move over toward Louisiana as the day progresses and clear out of here after lunch. But, we could get another round of rain Friday," Paul said.

The National Weather Service also issued several Flood Warnings, effective until 7:29 a.m. Saturday in Harris County, 10:33 a.m. Friday in Matagorda and Wharton counties, and 3:38 p.m. Friday in Calhoun County.

Stay tuned to KHOU 11 News and check back with KHOU.com for the latest on the developing weather.

This story comes to us through KFDM TV's media partnership with KHOU TV in Houston

Some streets, homes underwater near Houston

Thursday, July 12 2012, 09:08 PM CDT
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