Houston-Area Storms Damage Homes, Knock Out Power

Widespread property damage and a small but growing number of injured people are being assessed after the greater Houston area was battered by high winds and heavy rain Tuesday.

Thousands of households remained without power Tuesday afternoon. CenterPoint Energy says about 8,000 customers are without electricity -- down from 25,000 earlier in the day.

Fort Bend County was particularly hard-hit.

In Richmond, roofs are damaged and trees and fences are down in the Bridlewood Estates subdivision. Also, roof damage and other effects from the weather have been seen in Wharton.

In Rosenberg, Assistant Fire Chief Daryl Himle said houses, structures and other out-buildings were damaged by high wind, Himle said.

Rural homes in nearby Pleak also suffered damage.

Farther south, Van Vleck sustained property damage and injuries to some residents.

Cleanup is beginning this afternoon in areas where trees are toppled across roadways, fences are leaning or blown down and roofing is damaged.

Images posted on social media throughout the region show homes with damaged roofs, toppled garages, collapsed farm silos and flipped trampolines. Roofing, siding, limbs and other debris littered the hardest-hit areas.

A Magnolia High School student died after a crash during the morning storms. Darian Eckhardt was killed when her vehicle hit an 18-wheeler at FM 149. State troopers says rain and wind were a factor.

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