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Tornado, Storms Leave Houston Area Reeling

  • Dozens of people were evacuated from a nursing home in Deer Park, Texas.
  • Multiple vehicles flipped over on Interstate 10 and adjacent roads Orange, Texas.
  • An animal shelter was damaged in the Houston suburb of Pasadena.
  • The National Weather Service declared a tornado emergency

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Homes and businesses were leveled, a nursing home evacuated, an animal shelter heavily damaged and a train flipped on its side as a tornado and severe weather roared through parts of the Houston metro area Tuesday.

The storms prompted the National Weather Service there to declare a rare tornado emergency.

Areas hit in Texas include Pasadena, Deer Park and Baytown. Damage was also reported in parts of Louisiana as the storms moved east.

The storms came on the warm side of Winter Storm Kassandra. The forecast through Wednesday includes the possibility of strong tornadoes, damaging straight-line winds and heavy rainfall for parts of the South. There is also the possibility of dangerous nighttime tornadoes.

(MORE: The Latest Severe Weather Forecast)

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H​ere are the latest updates:

(​11:30 a.m.ET) Mayor: Power Outages Are Today’s Biggest Challenge

“Getting power restored is going to be the biggest problem in the next little bit,” Deer Park, Texas, Mayor Jerry Mouton told The Weather Channel. “We’ve still got a lot of extensive damage in that.”

M​outon said about 17,000 residences remain without electricity, and additional crews are being sent in today to help.

(​9:44 a.m. ET) NWS To Survey Storm Damage

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T​he National Weather Service office for Houston said a team will go out today to survey storm damage across southeast Texas.

A survey team is tasked with verifying whether the damage was caused a tornado or thunderstorm winds, when a tornado first touched down and lifted, how wide it was, and its intensity, according to weather.com senior meteorologist Jonathan Erdman.

This sounds straightforward, but the process behind it can be complex and time consuming. Read more about it here.

(​9:37 a.m. ET) Roof Ripped Off Catholic Church

St. Hyacinth Catholic Church in Deer Park, Texas, lost its roof in the storm.

Significant damage is visible in video and photos from the church’s campus. A large pile of debris, insulation and air conditioning units sat in the yard near the church’s offices.

(8:54 a.m. ET) 3 Hurt In Northern Louisiana

Three people were injured and taken to a hospital after a storm tossed several mobile homes in Louisiana’s Pointe Coupee Parish.

The Sheriff’s Office said one unoccupied home was flipped and two others were destroyed, according to WAFB.

(​6:46 a.m. ET) Teenager Rides Out Tornado In Pickup

Loren Green and his wife were filling out paperwork in their doctor’s office and their teenage son waited in their pickup truck outside when the tornado hit Pasadena.

Green tried to get to his son as the lights flickered and the doors started swinging open and closed, but it was impossible.

“I could see debris flying everywhere, so I locked the door and went back into where the patient rooms are,” Green told KHOU. “It was loud. It was a loud rushing roar.”

With windows shattering and the roof lifting off, Green and the others hunkered down. His son was still in the truck.

“He said the airbags deployed and he sat there and just kind of held on,” Green said. “I mean all this rock and everything was flying through the back windshield. It’s a good thing he didn’t get hurt.”

The teenager didn’t get a scratch on him, Green said. The truck, however, is not drivable.

(6:26 a.m. ET) Couple Survives As Tornado Hits RV

John and Billie Liparito were in their RV at the Moose Lodge in Pasadena when the tornado hit.

A building beside where they had parked was shredded in the storm.

“I looked out the window and saw the rain coming – sideways. I looked over there and the roof was lifting up and I knew it was over at that time,” John Liparito told ABC 13.

The storm slammed the building’s roof into their RV.

“It knocked us to the ground,” John Liparito said. “We got pushed over to the couch. You feel yourself getting sucked back and forth. We managed to get on the ground and crawl through the glass into the bedroom.”

The couple huddled next to the bed for about five minutes as the storm roared around them.

“We live in this. This is our home. No we have no place to go,” Billie Liparito said.

While their RV remained upright, many others were flipped on their sides. One even landed in a retention pond behind the parking lot, according to the Houston Chronicle.

(6:08 a.m.) Houston Apartments Lose Roof

The storms blew the roof off an apartment complex in Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted.

A​bout 50 people were taken to a Red Cross shelter because their apartments were declared unsafe, according to ABC 13.

Turner said three people were taken to a hospital with non life threatening injuries.

He added that four structures in the city were flooded and there had been 22 reports of debris. A wastewater facility was damaged but was still functioning.

(​5:52 a.m. ET) Damage Reported in Pasadena

Major damage was reported in the city of Pasadena, about 15 miles southeast of Houston.

“I’ve worked here for 25 years, and this is probably the worst damage that I’ve seen,” Pasadena Police Chief Jeff Bruegger said. “It’s just catastrophic.”

The storm leveled homes in the Bliss Meadows neighborhood off Spencer Highway.

“I was standing in the hallway, and I watched the windows in my house blow in, and we ran screaming into the shower,” Barbara Buckner told ABC 13. “And here we are. My son-in-law, my daughter, my new baby, and myself are standing in the shower. We’re screaming. The house was shaking like this. It was the scariest thing ever.”

Several businesses, including an animal shelter, also sustained heavy damage.

Mayor Jeff Wagner said only one person had been injured, but “we’ve seen plenty of damage. We’ve seen buildings that have collapsed.”

Pasadena school will remain closed today.

(5​:40 a.m. ET) Dozens Of Homes Damaged In Deer Park

Up to 30 homes suffered major damage from the tornado that slammed into Deer Park, a small city southeast of Houston, according to Deer Park Mayor Jerry Mouton.

No fatalities were reported, Mouton told the Houston Chronicle.

About five dozen residents of a nursing home were evacuated after reports of structure collapsing there.

The Deer Park school district has canceled classes today.

“There is one aspect of me that’s amazed that no one got injured,” Mouton said. “We will deal with the property and recover and rebuild.”

(​8:45 p.m. ET Tuesday) Pasadena Animal Shelter ‘Okay,’ Staff Says In Update

All the animals are accounted for and safe after damage at a shelter in suburban Houston.

“As you can imagine, we have been busy in the aftermath of the tornado that hit our facility this afternoon. Every person and pet is okay,” an update posted to Facebook said.

“We have so many friends at other shelters and rescue organizations who have come in and taken most of our animals … truck after truck has been loaded with our cats and dogs … For tonight, we are okay.”

(​8:34 p.m. ET) Train Tipped Over On Tracks In Deer Park

A​ train was flipped on its side in Deer Park, Texas, the same area where extensive damage to a nursing home, houses and other buildings was reported.

(​8:30 p.m. ET) Last ‘Strong’ Tornado To Hit Harris County Was In 2015

T​oday’s tornado in Harris County, Texas, was the first there since Jan. 9, 2022, according to weather.com meteorologists. While a damage survey from the National Weather Service office in League City will determine the final rating, the last “strong” tornado (at least EF2) to hit the county was on Halloween 2015.

(8​:23 p.m. ET) Roofs Blown Off, Trees Down In Western Louisiana

R​oofs were blown off several homes and power lines knocked down in Beauregard Parish, according to reports tracked by the National Weather Service. Trees are down in Calcasieu Parish, where officials are assessing the area for any further damage.

(​7:58 p.m. ET) Multiple Vehicles Tipped Over

Multiple vehicles including semis tipped over or were damaged on Interstate 10 and adjacent roads in Orange, Texas, about 100 miles northeast of Houston. There were also reports of roof damage at an apartment complex

V​ideo posted to YouTube showed scenes from the area.

(​7:50 p.m. ET) Dozens Evacuated From Deer Park, Texas, Nursing Home

M​ore than 60 people were evacuated from a nursing home where emergency crews had responded to a structural collapse. Three were transported to the hospital, an official said in a news briefing a short while ago.

T​here were no reports of injuries or deaths in Deer Park. About 30 roads were closed due to downed power lines.

(​7:44 p.m. ET) Power Outages Rise In Louisiana

A​s the storms are moving east, so are the power outages. More than 34,000 homes and businesses are without electricity in Louisiana, according to PowerOutage.us. About 100,000 outages remain in Texas.

(6​:02 p.m. ET) At Least One Person Injured In Pasadena

T​he mayor of Pasadena said during a news conference that one person was injured and two dogs were hurt when the city’s animal shelter was destroyed, according to the Houston Chronicle.

(​5:38 p.m. ET) Reports Of Structure Collapse At Deer Park Nursing Home

T​he Atascocita Fire Department is responding to a “tornado related structure collapse” at a nursing home in Deer Park, according to a tweet from the agency.

(​5:31 p.m. ET) Drone Video Shows Pasadena Neighborhood

D​rone video from Live Storms Media is showing roofs damaged and trees down in a neighborhood in Pasadena.

(​5:04 p.m. ET) Animal Shelter Damaged

S​everal photos are being shared on social media of an animal shelter in Pasadena. There are also reports that houses are heavily damaged.

(​4:33 p.m. ET) All Tornado Warnings Are Serious, But They Aren’t All the Same

All tornado warnings should be taken seriously, but there are actually key details that differentiate them and can give you more helpful information about the rapidly-evolving situation.

A tornado warning is issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) when a tornado has been sighted and/or indicated by radar. You should always seek shelter if one is issued for your area.

Click here to read more on the different types of warnings.

(4:22 p.m. ET) Power Outages Mount

About 120,000 power outages are being reported in southeast Texas, with about one fourth of those in Harris County, according to PowerOutage.us.

(4:10 p.m. ET) Residents Told To Avoid Parts Of Pasadena

A​ tweet from the City of Pasadena confirmed damage in the area and asked people to avoid some parts of the community.

(​4:09 p.m. ET) Tornado Emergency Declared

T​he National Weather Service in Houston declared a tornado emergency for parts of the area at around 3:25 p.m. EST. The emergency has since been allowed to expire. T​ornado emergencies are declared in the most dangerous situations, and this was the first ever issued by the Houston NWS office.

The Weather Company’s primary journalistic mission is to report on breaking weather news, the environment and the importance of science to our lives. This story does not necessarily represent the position of our parent company, IBM.





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  • Dozens of people were evacuated from a nursing home in Deer Park, Texas.
  • Multiple vehicles flipped over on Interstate 10 and adjacent roads Orange, Texas.
  • An animal shelter was damaged in the Houston suburb of Pasadena.
  • The National Weather Service declared a tornado emergency

Sign up for the Morning Brief email newsletter to get weekday updates from The Weather Channel and our meteorologists.

Homes and businesses were leveled, a nursing home evacuated, an animal shelter heavily damaged and a train flipped on its side as a tornado and severe weather roared through parts of the Houston metro area Tuesday.

The storms prompted the National Weather Service there to declare a rare tornado emergency.

Areas hit in Texas include Pasadena, Deer Park and Baytown. Damage was also reported in parts of Louisiana as the storms moved east.

The storms came on the warm side of Winter Storm Kassandra. The forecast through Wednesday includes the possibility of strong tornadoes, damaging straight-line winds and heavy rainfall for parts of the South. There is also the possibility of dangerous nighttime tornadoes.

(MORE: The Latest Severe Weather Forecast)

H​ere are the latest updates:

(​11:30 a.m.ET) Mayor: Power Outages Are Today’s Biggest Challenge

“Getting power restored is going to be the biggest problem in the next little bit,” Deer Park, Texas, Mayor Jerry Mouton told The Weather Channel. “We’ve still got a lot of extensive damage in that.”

M​outon said about 17,000 residences remain without electricity, and additional crews are being sent in today to help.

(​9:44 a.m. ET) NWS To Survey Storm Damage

T​he National Weather Service office for Houston said a team will go out today to survey storm damage across southeast Texas.

A survey team is tasked with verifying whether the damage was caused a tornado or thunderstorm winds, when a tornado first touched down and lifted, how wide it was, and its intensity, according to weather.com senior meteorologist Jonathan Erdman.

This sounds straightforward, but the process behind it can be complex and time consuming. Read more about it here.

(​9:37 a.m. ET) Roof Ripped Off Catholic Church

St. Hyacinth Catholic Church in Deer Park, Texas, lost its roof in the storm.

Significant damage is visible in video and photos from the church’s campus. A large pile of debris, insulation and air conditioning units sat in the yard near the church’s offices.

(8:54 a.m. ET) 3 Hurt In Northern Louisiana

Three people were injured and taken to a hospital after a storm tossed several mobile homes in Louisiana’s Pointe Coupee Parish.

The Sheriff’s Office said one unoccupied home was flipped and two others were destroyed, according to WAFB.

(​6:46 a.m. ET) Teenager Rides Out Tornado In Pickup

Loren Green and his wife were filling out paperwork in their doctor’s office and their teenage son waited in their pickup truck outside when the tornado hit Pasadena.

Green tried to get to his son as the lights flickered and the doors started swinging open and closed, but it was impossible.

“I could see debris flying everywhere, so I locked the door and went back into where the patient rooms are,” Green told KHOU. “It was loud. It was a loud rushing roar.”

With windows shattering and the roof lifting off, Green and the others hunkered down. His son was still in the truck.

“He said the airbags deployed and he sat there and just kind of held on,” Green said. “I mean all this rock and everything was flying through the back windshield. It’s a good thing he didn’t get hurt.”

The teenager didn’t get a scratch on him, Green said. The truck, however, is not drivable.

(6:26 a.m. ET) Couple Survives As Tornado Hits RV

John and Billie Liparito were in their RV at the Moose Lodge in Pasadena when the tornado hit.

A building beside where they had parked was shredded in the storm.

“I looked out the window and saw the rain coming – sideways. I looked over there and the roof was lifting up and I knew it was over at that time,” John Liparito told ABC 13.

The storm slammed the building’s roof into their RV.

“It knocked us to the ground,” John Liparito said. “We got pushed over to the couch. You feel yourself getting sucked back and forth. We managed to get on the ground and crawl through the glass into the bedroom.”

The couple huddled next to the bed for about five minutes as the storm roared around them.

“We live in this. This is our home. No we have no place to go,” Billie Liparito said.

While their RV remained upright, many others were flipped on their sides. One even landed in a retention pond behind the parking lot, according to the Houston Chronicle.

(6:08 a.m.) Houston Apartments Lose Roof

The storms blew the roof off an apartment complex in Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted.

A​bout 50 people were taken to a Red Cross shelter because their apartments were declared unsafe, according to ABC 13.

Turner said three people were taken to a hospital with non life threatening injuries.

He added that four structures in the city were flooded and there had been 22 reports of debris. A wastewater facility was damaged but was still functioning.

(​5:52 a.m. ET) Damage Reported in Pasadena

Major damage was reported in the city of Pasadena, about 15 miles southeast of Houston.

“I’ve worked here for 25 years, and this is probably the worst damage that I’ve seen,” Pasadena Police Chief Jeff Bruegger said. “It’s just catastrophic.”

The storm leveled homes in the Bliss Meadows neighborhood off Spencer Highway.

“I was standing in the hallway, and I watched the windows in my house blow in, and we ran screaming into the shower,” Barbara Buckner told ABC 13. “And here we are. My son-in-law, my daughter, my new baby, and myself are standing in the shower. We’re screaming. The house was shaking like this. It was the scariest thing ever.”

Several businesses, including an animal shelter, also sustained heavy damage.

Mayor Jeff Wagner said only one person had been injured, but “we’ve seen plenty of damage. We’ve seen buildings that have collapsed.”

Pasadena school will remain closed today.

(5​:40 a.m. ET) Dozens Of Homes Damaged In Deer Park

Up to 30 homes suffered major damage from the tornado that slammed into Deer Park, a small city southeast of Houston, according to Deer Park Mayor Jerry Mouton.

No fatalities were reported, Mouton told the Houston Chronicle.

About five dozen residents of a nursing home were evacuated after reports of structure collapsing there.

The Deer Park school district has canceled classes today.

“There is one aspect of me that’s amazed that no one got injured,” Mouton said. “We will deal with the property and recover and rebuild.”

(​8:45 p.m. ET Tuesday) Pasadena Animal Shelter ‘Okay,’ Staff Says In Update

All the animals are accounted for and safe after damage at a shelter in suburban Houston.

“As you can imagine, we have been busy in the aftermath of the tornado that hit our facility this afternoon. Every person and pet is okay,” an update posted to Facebook said.

“We have so many friends at other shelters and rescue organizations who have come in and taken most of our animals … truck after truck has been loaded with our cats and dogs … For tonight, we are okay.”

(​8:34 p.m. ET) Train Tipped Over On Tracks In Deer Park

A​ train was flipped on its side in Deer Park, Texas, the same area where extensive damage to a nursing home, houses and other buildings was reported.

(​8:30 p.m. ET) Last ‘Strong’ Tornado To Hit Harris County Was In 2015

T​oday’s tornado in Harris County, Texas, was the first there since Jan. 9, 2022, according to weather.com meteorologists. While a damage survey from the National Weather Service office in League City will determine the final rating, the last “strong” tornado (at least EF2) to hit the county was on Halloween 2015.

(8​:23 p.m. ET) Roofs Blown Off, Trees Down In Western Louisiana

R​oofs were blown off several homes and power lines knocked down in Beauregard Parish, according to reports tracked by the National Weather Service. Trees are down in Calcasieu Parish, where officials are assessing the area for any further damage.

(​7:58 p.m. ET) Multiple Vehicles Tipped Over

Multiple vehicles including semis tipped over or were damaged on Interstate 10 and adjacent roads in Orange, Texas, about 100 miles northeast of Houston. There were also reports of roof damage at an apartment complex

V​ideo posted to YouTube showed scenes from the area.

(​7:50 p.m. ET) Dozens Evacuated From Deer Park, Texas, Nursing Home

M​ore than 60 people were evacuated from a nursing home where emergency crews had responded to a structural collapse. Three were transported to the hospital, an official said in a news briefing a short while ago.

T​here were no reports of injuries or deaths in Deer Park. About 30 roads were closed due to downed power lines.

(​7:44 p.m. ET) Power Outages Rise In Louisiana

A​s the storms are moving east, so are the power outages. More than 34,000 homes and businesses are without electricity in Louisiana, according to PowerOutage.us. About 100,000 outages remain in Texas.

(6​:02 p.m. ET) At Least One Person Injured In Pasadena

T​he mayor of Pasadena said during a news conference that one person was injured and two dogs were hurt when the city’s animal shelter was destroyed, according to the Houston Chronicle.

(​5:38 p.m. ET) Reports Of Structure Collapse At Deer Park Nursing Home

T​he Atascocita Fire Department is responding to a “tornado related structure collapse” at a nursing home in Deer Park, according to a tweet from the agency.

(​5:31 p.m. ET) Drone Video Shows Pasadena Neighborhood

D​rone video from Live Storms Media is showing roofs damaged and trees down in a neighborhood in Pasadena.

(​5:04 p.m. ET) Animal Shelter Damaged

S​everal photos are being shared on social media of an animal shelter in Pasadena. There are also reports that houses are heavily damaged.

(​4:33 p.m. ET) All Tornado Warnings Are Serious, But They Aren’t All the Same

All tornado warnings should be taken seriously, but there are actually key details that differentiate them and can give you more helpful information about the rapidly-evolving situation.

A tornado warning is issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) when a tornado has been sighted and/or indicated by radar. You should always seek shelter if one is issued for your area.

Click here to read more on the different types of warnings.

(4:22 p.m. ET) Power Outages Mount

About 120,000 power outages are being reported in southeast Texas, with about one fourth of those in Harris County, according to PowerOutage.us.

(4:10 p.m. ET) Residents Told To Avoid Parts Of Pasadena

A​ tweet from the City of Pasadena confirmed damage in the area and asked people to avoid some parts of the community.

(​4:09 p.m. ET) Tornado Emergency Declared

T​he National Weather Service in Houston declared a tornado emergency for parts of the area at around 3:25 p.m. EST. The emergency has since been allowed to expire. T​ornado emergencies are declared in the most dangerous situations, and this was the first ever issued by the Houston NWS office.

The Weather Company’s primary journalistic mission is to report on breaking weather news, the environment and the importance of science to our lives. This story does not necessarily represent the position of our parent company, IBM.





story by The Texas Tribune Source link

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