Severe weather wreaked havoc in southeastern Texas on Tuesday as a dangerous tornado was confirmed.
A “massive and devastating” tornado was seen moving over Deer Park in the Houston metropolitan area around 2:30 p.m. local time, according to the National Weather Service.
Officials later warned of a “large and very dangerous tornado” confirmed in Pinehurst near the Texas-Louisiana border around 4:30 p.m.
Several communities in the Houston area were conducting rescues and investigating the damage as the storm moved through the area.
Officials in Pasadena said 911 call centers were flooded with reports of building collapses, gas leaks and power lines going down.
Pasadena Fire Chief Lanny Armstrong said at a press conference that at least one non-life-threatening injury was reported, which was “incredible” given the “scale of the damage”. .
Bayville officials reported several building collapses and a building fire on Tuesday afternoon. Multiple power lines were also cut, officials said, and he reported that at least one home was damaged.
According to PowerOutage.us, more than 97,000 customers lost power Tuesday night, mostly in southeastern Texas.