Damage in downtown Houston following severe thunderstorm

A man walks over fallen bricks from a damaged building in the aftermath of a severe thunderstorm Friday, May 17, 2024, in Houston. Thunderstorms pummeled southeastern Texas on Thursday, killing at least four people, blowing out windows in high-rise buildings and knocking out power to more than 900,000 homes and businesses in the Houston area. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip, Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

After an intense thunderstorm sent a flurry of rain and wind across Harris County Thursday night, images and videos are surfacing showing damage in downtown Houston.

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A video obtained by KPRC 2′s Bryce Newberry appears to show the roof blown out at the Hyatt Regency hotel, located at 1200 Louisiana Street, sending rainfall and debris pouring into the lobby.

According to the source, Hyatt staff told them that the lobby is closed for the night.

The extent of the damage at the Hyatt is currently unknown, and we’re waiting for more information.

KPRC 2′s Mario Diaz also obtained images from right by hotel, which show buildings with multiple shattered windows from the violent winds.

An image of buildings with shattered windows (KPRC 2)
Shattered windows on a skybridge downtown (KPRC 2)

Users on X (formerly Twitter) are also posting images and videos of the chaotic scene downtown.

User @weswaitkus14 was at Wells Fargo Plaza during the storm. He captured tumultuous footage from inside the lobby. Through the windows, you can see the tornado-like winds blowing debris through the air as rain pours and thunder roars.

A video posted by user @JimmyChalk appears to show debris piling on the streets as he drives near Dallas Street.

This is an active report. We’ll let you know when we get more information.

About the Author

Michael is a Kingwood native who loves shooting hoops, visiting local breweries and overreacting to Houston sports. He joined the KPRC family in the spring of 2024. He earned his B.A. from Texas A&M University in 2022 and his M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2023.

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