Heavy rain fell on the Houston area on Tuesday afternoon, causing high water and damaging some roads.
More than three inches were reported in a short period of time west of Houston. The business day ended as it started: Dark skies, lightning and rain. The National Weather Service has placed Texas County under a flood advisory; more rain is expected.
Amid a significant storm in Houston, Wri-Tex 911 temporarily lost phone service at about 5:30 p.m. It was reported functioning again minutes later amid a storm that filled ditches and packed lightning.
The National Weather Service issued a thunderstorm warning for parts of the county.
Houston police reported a section of Lilly Avenue – near Highway 17 – washed away. The area is near road construction.
The Houston Fire Department responded to Murphy USA on South Sam Houston Blvd., where an emergency shutoff valve was triggered during the storm.
One accident was reported when a vehicle hydroplaned about five miles north of Cabool on U.S. 63.
Cpl. Scott Nelson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said a 2000 Kia driven northbound by Anthony S. Brignole, 25, of Licking, traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch.
The driver, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was taken with minor injuries to Texas County Memorial Hospital. The vehicle had moderate damage.