A powerful storm system took aim at the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, creating a tornado that knocked down utility poles and power lines, overturned vehicles and ripped roofs off homes in communities east of Houston.There are no immediate reports of serious injuries. was.
The National Weather Service has declared a tornado emergency for the area, with a “massive, extremely dangerous and potentially deadly tornado” heading for Baytown, about 25 miles east of Houston, on Tuesday afternoon. I warned you. The warning has expired as the system has moved east.
The storm damaged commercial buildings, homes and power lines near Pasadena, southeast of Houston. Power poles and power lines fell and several vehicles, including trailers, were damaged or overturned in parking lots. It seems that the gym has been destroyed.
Footage from Houston television station KTRK shows several businesses, including the city’s animal shelter, were badly damaged. Nearby, fences were laid, shingles and part of the roof torn from the house, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.
In Baytown, power lines were cut and homes and businesses were damaged, but there were no reports of serious injuries, said Baytown spokesperson Jason Calder.
Strong winds damaged a chemical plant in Deer Park. A video of the inside of the factory shared with CBS News showed debris falling from the ceiling.The person who filmed the video told CBS News that everyone inside was safe at the time.
The Shell Chemicals site was burning natural gas after losing steam due to bad weather, according to Shell spokesman Curtis Smith.
“We are taking steps to minimize noise, light, or smoke associated with this activity, but it is expected to continue until the unit is restarted,” Smith said in an email. “There is no threat to the community and there is no indication that a nearby tornado has landed within the chemical facility.”
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It was the beginning of what was expected to be a stormy day along 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
Schools and businesses were closed across Oklahoma on Tuesday and Wednesday, with a total of 1 to 6 inches of snowfall in central and eastern parts of the state. Several school districts in southwestern Louisiana dismissed students early Tuesday morning in anticipation of inclement weather in the area. The snow extended northeast into Vermont.
Part of Tennessee was covered in thick fog.