Houston Astros fans take cover under umbrellas as heavy rain leaks into Minute Maid Park during the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Astros and Texas Rangers on Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Houston. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)

HOUSTON (AP) — Schools shut down Friday around flood-prone Houston after an overnight storm dumped heavy rainfall on the nation's fourth-largest city, though forecasters said the high waters were expected to recede as the storms let up.

The National Weather Service said most areas saw about 1 to 3 inches of rain late Thursday and early Friday, with some places getting 3 to 6 inches of rain during that time period. Forecasters said a lull in rainfall was expected Friday, but the area braced for another round of storms late Friday and early Saturday.

About 37,000 customers of CenterPoint Energy were without power late Friday morning.

The storms pelted the Houston area with golf-ball sized hail and flooded streets, leading to several high-water rescues. Although the dome was up at Minute Maid Park, some fans at the Houston Astros' Thursday night game were drenched after the roof began leaking.

The Harris County Flood Control District said early Friday that many bayous and creeks had crested and the water level was beginning to fall.

Police in Katy, Texas, reported finding an alligator washing up near railroad tracks in town. The police turned the gator over to a game warden.

A flood warning was in effect for Houston through mid-morning Friday. In parts of Louisiana and Mississippi, forecasters warned that scattered flash flooding was possible as the storm heads to the east.

Houston has repeatedly faced flooding in recent years because the city has insufficient drainage and experienced rapid development that reduced wetlands.

Many areas hit by rain this week were evacuated during Hurricane Harvey in 2017, which flooded more than 150,000 homes in the Houston area and caused an estimated $125 billion in damage in Texas.

"I'm tired of being wet," said Jennifer Wilson, a homeowner who had just finished rebuilding after Harvey, in an interview with the Houston Chronicle .

Wilson's home in Porter, Texas, had almost 2 feet (0.6 meters) of water inside on Tuesday afternoon. It had taken the family four months after Harvey to replace their carpet, and Wilson had started thinking about remodeling her daughter's room.

She partly blamed the new homes that had been built around her neighborhood for reducing the open land that water could otherwise flow.

"You're building everything up, so the water's going to go to all the subdivisions around you that are lower because it doesn't have anywhere to go," Wilson said.

Houston Astros fans take cover under umbrellas as heavy rain leaks into Minute Maid Park during the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Astros and Texas Rangers on Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Houston. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Rain-soaked flags fly under the closed roof as heavy rain leaks into Minute Maid Park during the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers on Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Houston. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Vehicles remain stuck in the flooded E. Knox Drive following an overnight storm Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Porter, Texas. (Godofredo A. Vásquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Jay Dabravio removes drywall from his flooded house in the Sherwood Trail subdivision, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Kingwood, Texas. Heavy rain battered parts of southeast Texas prompting flash flood warnings, power outages and calls for water rescues. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Two vehicles remain stuck in flooded Adams Street following an overnight storm Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Porter, Texas. (Godofredo A. Vásquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Jay Dabravio throws a matt onto a pile at the front of his house in the Sherwood Trail subdivision, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Kingwood, Texas. Heavy rain battered parts of southeast Texas prompting flash flood warnings, power outages and calls for water rescues. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)
A man walks past a flooded car on Williams Trace Boulevard in Sugar Land, Texas, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The road is closed past Austin Parkway and onto Sweetwater Boulevard after the area was pounded by rain Tuesday. (Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP)
A car sits stuck in the street in the Colony Bend neighborhood of Sugar Land, Texas, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Residents have been surprised that the water has not receded more quickly as it has in the past when the rain has stopped. In a video released Wednesday morning, the mayor of Sugar Land told residents that levees to the Brazos River had been closed, and that water was now being pumped over the levees into the Brazos, making the water recede much more slowly. More rain is forecast for the coming days. (Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Vehicles wade through flooded Kingwood Drive as thunderstorms hit the Kingwood area Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Kingwood, Texas. Heavy rain is battering parts of southeast Texas prompting flash flood warnings, power outages and calls for water rescues.  (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Siblings Katie and Lander Meinen survey their street by kayak with their dog, Bailey, in the Colony Bend neighborhood of Sugar Land, Texas, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Residents have been surprised that the water has not receded more quickly as it has in the past when the rain has stopped. More rain is forecast for the coming days. (Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP)