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Torrential rains, floods slam Houston

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor May 11, 2019 16:59

Torrential rains, floods slam Houston

Hailstones the size of golf balls accompanied by as much as four inches of rain pelted the U.S. Gulf coast from Texas to Louisiana, flooding highways, downing power lines and closing some schools.

Houston’s 209,000 public school students got the day off as the city’s Independent School District, the state’s largest school system, said it was shutting down its 280 campuses because of inclement weather.

Police did not have an assessment of damage or injuries early Friday, but the Houston Chronicle reported that parts of the U.S. Interstate 10 highway in the city was closed late Thursday in east Houston, stranding at least 40 motorists.

Officials said the worst of the storm had pushed off eastward, but flash flood warnings and flood watches were in effect from east Texas to Knoxville, Tennessee.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor May 11, 2019 16:59