Cold Front Expected to Settle Over Southeast Texas After Storm Downs Trees and Causes Power Outages

A cold front is expected to settle over southeast Texas for Thursday after a storm sliced through the region on Wednesday morning leaving downed trees and other damage.

The foul weather left some trees down, power outages, especially east of Beaumont, congested highways for commuters and a generally soggy start to the school and work day in the greater Houston region.

But the storm passed through Houston fairly quickly, leaving a sunny day with highs in the mid-70s. Temperatures overnight were expected to drop into the low-60s and bring cooler, drier weather on Thursday and for the Halloween weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, a wind advisory will be in order for the Houston area from 7 a.m. till 7 p.m. Thursday with strong northwest winds forecasted to reach 20-30 mph and gusts up to 40 mph.

The storms will pave the way for a pleasant stretch of temperate autumn weather expected to last through Halloween weekend, Luchs said. High temperatures should hover in the 70s and lows will dip into the 40s across inland areas and 50s along the coast. Forecasters expect few clouds and no precipitation.

“It should be pretty pleasant,” NWS meteorologist Sean Luchs said. “Plenty of blue sky.”

The passing storm, however, led to a dark few moments for millions. Radar in a handful of locations detected suspected or possible storm rotation, meaning a tornado forming was imminent. Officials activated alerts, telling thousands to take shelter immediately.

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SOURCE: Houston Chronicle, Leah Brennan, Anna Bauman, Dug Begley, and Joel Umanzor