Flash floods hit Houston area as storm drenches Harris County

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Heavy rain inundated the Houston area with as much as 10 inches of rainfall in just six hours and triggered flash flooding early Monday.

Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist with the Harris County Flood Control District, said that "significant widespread flooding" was reported northwest of Houston. He added that a total of between 12 and 16 inches of rainfall was expected in the area by daybreak.

In a tweet, he warned of a "life-threatening situation" due to flash flooding developing in northwest Harris County. "Stay where you are," Lindner added.

Authorities confirmed early Monday that 5-10 inches of rainfall dropped in six hours in Harris County and neighboring Waller County.

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Rosie Torres, a spokeswoman for the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said high water rescues had occurred but the number was not immediately clear.

"The situation is pretty serious," Torres added.

Torres' agency advised residents to "stay home and off the roads."

In a statement, it added: "If your home or apartment takes in water, DO NOT LEAVE. You are safer inside your home. Straying into deep or fast moving flood waters means certain death."

Michael Walter, a spokesman for the Houston Office of Emergency Management, said early Monday that "tremendous rainfall" had been reported over western parts of the city.

Videos and images posted online showed cars stranded in flooding and hail in Houston.

The Weather Channel warned that "heavy rain and thunderstorms remain a threat from eastern Texas northward to the Dakotas," adding that "scattered severe thunderstorms may develop in southern Texas through Monday night" with "damaging wind gusts, hail and isolated tornadoes" all being possible.

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Flash floods hit Houston area as storm drenches Harris County
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Visitors stop at a park bench as they enjoy warm weather at Onondaga Lake Park, Sunday, April 17, 2016, in Liverpool, N.Y. The lake is a popular recreational attraction despite is distinction as one of the most polluted in the United States due to a long period of chemical dumping that ended in the mid-1980's. Cleanup efforts to reduce the high levels of mercury and other toxic substances in the lake are ongoing. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Footsteps can be seen on a recently cleared sidewalk during a spring snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts April 4, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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Raindrops and trees are reflected in a puddle during a rainy Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in Chicago. Rains will scatter and become more occasional during the afternoon. Snow and rain is possible on Friday as well with highs failing to reach the 40-degree mark. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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Traffic passes a cherry blossom tree with limbs broken by the weight of heavy snow along Sparks Boulevard in Sparks, Nev., Monday, March 28, 2016, after a late winter storm dumped more than a half foot of snow on the area the day after Easter. Much of northeast Nevada remained under a winter storm warning into Wednesday with as much as 20 inches of snow possible in the mountains. (AP Photo/By Scott Sonner)
A tornado touches down in Tulsa, Okla., on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. The National Weather Service is confirming multiple tornado touchdowns in the Tulsa area. (AP Photo/Larry Papke)
Storm clouds roll in over Champion Stadium in the seventh inning of a spring training baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros, Friday, March 25, 2016, in Kissimmee, Fla. Moments later the game was stopped because of rain. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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