At least 3 deaths reported by Houston police during Thursday night’s severe weather

HOUSTON – As the City of Houston continues to recover from Thursday night’s frightening storm, we’re continuing to learn more about how dangerous and deadly it was.

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Houston Mayor John Whitmire said Thursday night at least four people died during the storm. KPRC 2 has received information of at least three weather-related deaths, but it’s unclear if these deaths reported by police are part of the deaths Mayor Whitmire referred to.

One of the deaths involved a mother of 4 near Buffalo Bayou around 6:30 p.m., who investigators say went outside to move her SUV out of fear a tree would fall on it. However, before she could actually move it, police said the tree fell on her vehicle, killing her.

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One of the other reports happened less than a mile away, involving a cement truck a little before 6:45 p.m. That’s when police say 2 cranes collapsed during the storm on Wingate and 75th St.

The falling cranes reportedly landed on a cement truck’s cab, killing one of the occupants.

May 17, 2024: Wingate storm damage. (Copyright 2024 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.)

Their identity was not released, as of this writing, and no other reports of injuries were made to this incident.

Around 10:30 p.m. police were called to another scene on I-45 near Crosstimbers where a pedestrian was hit by a car on the freeway.

Pedestrian killed during heavy thunderstorms Thursday, May 16, 2024 (Copyright 2024 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.)

Responding officers said the man died from his injuries but did not provide details on the vehicle that hit him.

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No other reports have been shared, as of this writing, so again, it’s unclear if these three deaths reported are in conjunction with the ones Mayor Whitmire reported. KPRC 2 will continue to share updates as we continue to learn more.

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