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Severe storms leave thousands without power in Houston

HOUSTON, June 13 — Severe thunderstorms swept through the Houston area in the U.S. state of Texas late Tuesday, knocking down trees and cutting off power for thousands of homes and businesses.

About 88,000 homes and businesses were reportedly without power in the area.

Local energy provider CenterPoint Energy reported about 75,000 customers lost power. Another company reported more than 13,000 outages.

Parts of Montgomery County and north Harris County in the area were among the areas hit hardest by the storms, which arrived Tuesday afternoon.

Fire officials were busy dealing with multiple fires caused by lightning strikes and power lines damaged by falling trees and near hurricane-force winds, according to media reports.

Some residents even reported seeing twisters, but government weather service said there were no twisters, according to local newspaper The Houston Chronicle. (PNA/Xinhua)

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