Houston — A powerful storm system took aim at the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, spawning a tornado that wreaked havoc east of Houston.
The National Weather Service has declared a tornado emergency for the area, with a “massive, extremely dangerous and potentially deadly tornado” headed toward Baytown, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Houston, on Tuesday afternoon. It warned that a tornado was occurring. The warning has expired as the system has moved east.
Power lines were cut in Baytown and homes and businesses were damaged, but there were no reports of serious injuries, said Baytown spokesperson Jason Calder.
Footage from Houston television station KTRK shows damage to buildings and power lines in Pasadena, southeast of Houston. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
PowerOutage.us, a website that collects live outage data from utilities across the country, reported that about 123,000 customers in Texas were without power on Tuesday afternoon, mostly in the Houston area and surrounding counties.
A day of expected storms has begun on the Gulf Coast. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, said areas along the coast from Houston to the Florida Panhandle could see tornadoes, high winds and hail on Tuesday.
The storm system was also bringing snow and ice to much of the central United States