Trees, power lines down in Houston; Daylight illuminates how severe deadly storm truly was

HOUSTON – The sky turned hauntingly dark Thursday at 6 p.m. as Houstonians anxiously waited for the heavy winds and thunderstorms to pass. And now in the early Friday morning hours, all we can do is stare in awe at the damage left behind in the aftermath.

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Across Houston, KPRC 2 surveyed the storm damage and we’ve seen a common theme of massive trees causing serious damage to homes, and vehicles.

Houston Mayor John Whitmire told the city on Thursday night at least four people died due to the storm. One of the deaths involved a young mother of four, police said, who tried moving her car so a tree wouldn’t fall on it, but tragically, it hit her vehicle with the mother still inside before she could do so.

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Many residents across Houston, who physically survived the storm, are still waking up to the damages left behind by the storm that was not a hurricane but was just as strong as one. In the Heights, for example, KPRC 2′s Amy Davis saw down fences and powerlines.

Meanwhile, KPRC 2′s Re’Chelle Turner showed us a home and a truck that had a massive tree crashed through it.

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Mayor Whitmire has asked Houstonians who do not need to leave their home, to stay off the roads and prioritize safety while responders continue surveilling the damage.

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