On Tuesday, a robust storm system targeted the Gulf Coast and produced a tornado that tore off the roofs of homes and businesses east of Houston, overturned cars, and destroyed utility poles and power lines. No severe injuries were immediately reported.
A “big, extremely dangerous and potentially deadly tornado” was on the ground Tuesday afternoon and was moving toward Baytown, located about 25 miles east of Houston, according to the National Weather Service, which had issued a tornado emergency for that region. The cyclone moved to the east, leaving behind lower temperatures, and the warning was no longer in effect.
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In the adjacent city of Pasadena, southeast of Houston, powerful winds caused damage to homes, office buildings, and electrical lines. A trailer and many cars, including utility poles and electrical lines, were destroyed or turned over in a parking lot.
Video from Houston TV station KTRK revealed that numerous businesses, including the city’s animal shelter, sustained significant damage. Fences were covered in debris nearby, and residences’ roofs and shingles were torn off in pieces, but no injuries were immediately reported. The American Red Cross announced that a shelter would be established in Pasadena.
According to Jason Calder, a spokesman for Baytown, there were downed power lines and damage to homes and businesses, but no reports of significant casualties.
A nursing facility was severely damaged by the tornado, according to officials in adjacent Deer Park. No one was wounded, but residents had to be removed.