White Oak Bayou Flooding

White Oak Bayou near T.C. Jester Boulevard was nearly full Tuesday morning. (Photo from Twitter account of Roxanne Werner)

A powerful Gulf Coast storm grew into a hurricane overnight and left a significant chunk of the Houston region, including the Heights, Garden Oaks and Oak Forest areas, without electricity on Tuesday morning.

CenterPoint Energy reported there were more than nearly 458,000 customers without power as of 8:40 a.m. Tuesday. The most significant local outages were in the Heights and Shady Acres, while there also were widespread outages in neighborhoods such as Garden Oaks, Oak Forest, Shepherd Park Plaza, Candlelight, Acres Homes and Independence Heights.

Hurricane Nicholas brought heavy rain and strong winds as well, so residents should watch out for flooded streets and downed power lines.

"Nicholas continues to make its way through our region and we are seeing debris on roads, flooded roadways, outages and strong winds in various parts of Harris County," Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo wrote Tuesday morning on Twitter. "Please stay off the roads through the morning until the storm passes."

All Houston ISD campuses and offices are closed Tuesday, and so are Houston Municipal Courts. The city's Solid Waste Management Department has suspended trash and recycling services as well.

METRO announced Tuesday morning that it would resume limited transit services beginning at 8 a.m., including local bus, METRORail, METRORapid Silver Line and HOV/HOT lane services. METRO Park & Ride services are suspended for the day.

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