A severe line of storms ripped across the northern Houston area, knocking down tree limbs and power lines, and generally making a mess of the Friday rush hour.


Centerpoint Energy reports more than 100,000 people lost power, as wind gusts were reported between 50 and 70 miles per hour.


Lightning is also blamed for sparking an oil well fire in Chambers County.  The unmanned platform is located in Trinity Bay near Beach City, but there have been no reports of an oil leak.