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Christmas Day brings deadly weather to Houston

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Thousands are without power across Northwest Harris County.

"Not so Merry Christmas," Adrian Mata.

Mata lives off of Mossforest and is one of thousands without electricity.

Tuesday, a storm moved in and blew through traffic lights, tossed guard rails and large tree branches.  One of those branches toppled onto live power lines over Mata's front yard.

It was enough to knock out the block's electricity for several hours, forcing most to use generators.  It is a little worrying because temperatures are expected to drop below freezing in some areas.

Others with power spent the day clearing out brush and thick branches that were tossed around the streets, a harmony of generators and chainsaws.

The winter storm proved to be deadly, the Harris County Sheriff's Office says.

A man was killed Tuesday morning when a tree fell on top of him at Eldridge Parkway and Waterford Estates.  It's believed he may have been trying to clear a path in the road when the accident happened.

No word yet on who the man was or how exactly the incident happened.  From the sounds, the storm was pretty powerful.

"Really, we heard a lot of the wind blowing and then the buzzing from the power surge and we stepped out ... we heard something but didn't quite know what it was," Everardo Morones said.

Morones, like other Northwest Harris County residents, did not plan for this, but they are dealing with it.

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