The primary runoff election scheduled for May 28 may be delayed due to significant damage dealt to the Houston area during a May 16 storm.

Two-minute impact

The primary runoff scheduled for May 28 includes some notable Houston-area races, including the battle to succeed Houston Mayor John Whitmire’s former spot in the Texas Senate.

However, according to a news release from the Harris County Clerk’s Office May 17, some election facilities may have received damage caused by yesterday’s storm.

Harris County Clerk Teneshia Hudspeth said ensuring the safety of all staff and election workers remains the top priority.

“We are communicating with the Texas Secretary of State and will determine the safety of damaged structures and the necessary steps to proceed with early voting for the May 28 primary runoff elections,” she said. “Updates will be provided as they become available.”

The cause

Houston sustained drastic damage from a line of severe thunderstorms, high wind gusts and possible tornadoes that hit the area May 16.

Thousands of residents are without power, four people are confirmed dead by city officials and many buildings in Downtown Houston are in disrepair.

As of May 17, it unclear what county election facilities may have received damage in the storm.

Community Impact will update with more details as they are available.