'It was terrifying': Woman rides out tornado in SUV | VIDEO

'It was terrifying': Woman rides out tornado in SUV | VIDEO

PASADENA, Texas — A massive volunteer effort is underway near Houston, Texas to clear away debris from last week’s tornadoes. Many of those pitching in to help are high school students whose school has remained closed since the powerful EF-3 tornado. SEE ALSO | Dramatic video captures couple running from RV, diving into ditchwater to shelter from Texas tornado Among the buildings heavily damaged are a roller skating rink that’s been a popular meeting place…

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Volunteers continue recovery efforts to help those impacted by Tuesday's tornado

Volunteers continue recovery efforts to help those impacted by Tuesday's tornado

On Saturday, cleanup efforts were still underway in Pasadena and Deer park, two of the hardest-hit areas. PASADENA, Texas — It will be a long road to recovery for those hit by Tuesday’s tornado. On Saturday, cleanup efforts were still underway in Pasadena and Deer park, two of the hardest-hit areas. Pasadena resident Brice Cruz’s elderly parents were among those counting their blessings. “Both of them were inside when the storm hit and they rode…

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'It was terrifying' | Pasadena grandmother rides out tornado in SUV with daughter, grandson

'It was terrifying' | Pasadena grandmother rides out tornado in SUV with daughter, grandson

“I guess you’re either going to panic or you’re not,” she said. “No matter what happened, I knew that we would be OK, regardless of what did happen.” PASADENA, Texas — New video taken by a dash camera during Tuesday’s tornado shows the harrowing moments a grandmother, her daughter and her grandson spent trapped in their vehicle as the twister passed. The three were inside Irma Cantu’s Land Cruiser SUV outside of Pasadena High School…

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Deer Park, Pasadena join together to open a recovery center as residents navigate tornado aftermath

Deer Park, Pasadena join together to open a recovery center as residents navigate tornado aftermath

Ashley Brown / Houston Public Media Pasadena and Deer Park officials say they will open the Pasadena Convention Center for residents to get donations like clothes. Pasadena and Deer Park officials joined together to open a Disaster Assistance and Recovery Center on Friday to help families impacted by Tuesday’s devastating tornado. Residents can go to the Pasadena Convention Center located at 7902 Fairmont Parkway to get information on recovery assistance as they take the first…

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Pasadena, Deer Park joint recovery center helping residents get back on their feet after tornado

Pasadena, Deer Park joint recovery center helping residents get back on their feet after tornado

A joint Pasadena and Deer Park recovery center is working to help get residents back on their feet. PASADENA, Texas — Tornadoes caused significant damage to buildings and homes in Deer Park and Pasadena on Tuesday. As people looked to rebuild, The City of Pasadena and Emergency Management Office announced a joint disaster recovery center for Pasadena and Deer Park residents to help navigate people through resources available to them. The disaster recovery center will…

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Houston homeowners affected by tornado should file a wind-claim, attorney says

Houston homeowners affected by tornado should file a wind-claim, attorney says

FILE: Mario Mendoza carries items out of a friend’s storm-damaged home Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Pasadena, Texas. A powerful storm system took aim at Gulf Coast Tuesday, spawning tornados that caused damage east of Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Homeowners affected by the EF3 tornado which passed through Pasadena and Deer Park can file a wind-claim on their homeowners insurance. Nishi Kothari is an attorney at Brasher Law Firm who focuses on bad faith…

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Houston residents have to sign waiver to get belongings back after apartments destroyed in tornado

Houston residents have to sign waiver to get belongings back after apartments destroyed in tornado

It’s been three days since Beamer Place Apartments residents have had access to their homes. But before they can get in, they have to sign a five-page release. HOUSTON — Frustrated and overwhelmed are just some of the emotions Beamer Place Apartments residents are experiencing after their homes were completely destroyed Tuesday in a tornado. Three days later, residents are finally able to get back to their homes and grab whatever is salvageable but before they…

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The rarity of tornadoes in Houston (Jan. 27, 2023)

The rarity of tornadoes in Houston (Jan. 27, 2023)

Houston Matters begins at 9 a.m. CT on 88.7FM or listen online. Join the discussion at 713-440-8870, talk@houstonmatters.org or @HoustonMatters. On Friday’s show: As cleanup continues after Tuesday’s tornadoes, should we expect more of them in the Houston area in the future? We talk it over with Matt Lanza of Space City Weather. And we get an update on the FDA’s likely plans for future COVID vaccines. And we learn about Dana Brown, the new…

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Disaster declaration issued for Harris County following tornado

Disaster declaration issued for Harris County following tornado

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency in Harris County including much of the southeast Houston area Thursday afternoon, two days after severe storms and a destructive tornado rocked the region.     “The disaster declaration… will further support the State of Texas’ recovery efforts in response to extensive damage sustained due to tornadic activity in Pasadena, Deer Park, and neighboring Southeast Texas communities,” according to a Thursday afternoon release announcing the declaration….

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Where to get help, volunteer after Deer Park, Pasadena hit by tornado

Where to get help, volunteer after Deer Park, Pasadena hit by tornado

Here are some ways the community is coming together to help out neighbors in a time of need. After tornadoes devastated parts of the Houston area on Tuesday, residents were left to pick up the pieces. Here are some ways the community is coming together to help out neighbors in a time of need. The cities of Pasadena and Deer Park are hosting a joint Disaster Assistance Recovery Center at the Pasadena Convention Center from…

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Thousands still without power as recovery continues in Deer Park after tornado barrels through the area

Thousands still without power as recovery continues in Deer Park after tornado barrels through the area

Lucio Vasquez / Houston Public Media A section of Center Street in Deer Park was closed off by police on Jan. 25 due to downed powerlines and debris from a nearby building. The city of Deer Park is still recovering after a destructive tornado tore through the area earlier this week. During a press conference on Thursday, Deer Park Mayor Jerry Mouton said crews were still assessing the full extent of damage left behind by…

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Musical acts announced for Hurricanes Fan Fest in downtown Raleigh before big game

Musical acts announced for Hurricanes Fan Fest in downtown Raleigh before big game

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — The Stadium Series game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals is less than a month away but the game isn’t the only thing taking center stage that weekend. Carolina Hurricanes Fan Fest will take place on Friday, February 17 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. If you’re interested in being part of all the fun, know that it will happen in downtown Raleigh and is completely free! Two stages will be set…

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#TBT: Marker at Rose Hill Cemetery memorializes unidentified victims of 1919 hurricane

#TBT: Marker at Rose Hill Cemetery memorializes unidentified victims of 1919 hurricane

One hundred years ago, 3,500 people gathered in Rose Hill Cemetery to honor the unidentified victims of the horrific hurricane of 1919. The storm of 1919 was a devastating event in the city’s history. On Sept. 14, a hurricane made landfall 25 miles south of downtown Corpus Christi, bringing with it 115 mph winds and a 16-foot storm surge that inundated downtown and North Beach. People were swept into the water as their homes and…

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Flooding in Monroe leaves residents seeking solutions

Flooding in Monroe leaves residents seeking solutions

Union County residents are looking for answers after their community continues to flood. MONROE, N.C. — Some residents in Union County are knee-deep in water after rainfall on Wednesday, but they say it’s been going on for years.  If you ask Union County resident, Charles Holt, he’ll tell you this problem runs deep. He says this problem has been going on for five to six years. He said the water pooling on the ground outside…

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‘Everybody is good’ | Cibolo man rushes to help family after Deer Park tornado

‘Everybody is good’ | Cibolo man rushes to help family after Deer Park tornado

https://media.tegna-media.com/assets/KENS/images/b14ed06e-251c-443a-a9c1-a019479bdcf6/b14ed06e-251c-443a-a9c1-a019479bdcf6_750x422.jpg The home is where his father and two sister reside. SAN ANTONIO — Devastation in Texas. A massive clean-up is underway as several communities were hit hard by a tornado near Houston. A Cibolo man has family who hunkered down to survive in Deer Park. This is an area hit hard by the tornado officials says looks like was an EF3 with the wind speed of up to a 140 miles per hour. Fermin…

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'This one was bad' | Deer Park residents reflect after EF3 tornado tore through their community

'This one was bad' | Deer Park residents reflect after EF3 tornado tore through their community

The NWS has confirmed that an EF3 touched down in the Houston area on Tuesday. DEER PARK, Texas — Residents in Deer Park were left picking up the pieces after an EF3 tornado tore through their community on Tuesday. “You just got to put one foot in front of the other and do a little at a time because it’s a big chore,” said Bobby Slocum, the owner of Second Chance Saloon. “But I feel…

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KENS 5 Classic | January 25, 2012: Tornado and heavy flooding strike in San Antonio

KENS 5 Classic | January 25, 2012: Tornado and heavy flooding strike in San Antonio

https://media.tegna-media.com/assets/KENS/images/e3b9aff2-bee3-45d1-a952-241d7a6bbb43/e3b9aff2-bee3-45d1-a952-241d7a6bbb43_750x422.jpgNearly three inches of rain fell in San Antonio in less than two hours this week a decade ago. SAN ANTONIO — While San Antonio received some long-awaited rain on Tuesday, it paled in comparison to what the city saw 10 years ago this week, when nearly three inches were dumped onto the Alamo City in a matter of just hours.  The severe storms on Jan. 24 and Jan. 25, 2012 also spawned three tornadoes…

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KENS 5 Classic | January 25, 2012: Tornado and heavy flooding strike in San Antonio

KENS 5 Classic | January 25, 2012: Tornado and heavy flooding strike in San Antonio

Nearly three inches of rain fell in San Antonio in less than two hours this week a decade ago. SAN ANTONIO — While San Antonio received some long-awaited rain on Tuesday, it paled in comparison to what the city saw 10 years ago this week, when nearly three inches were dumped onto the Alamo City in a matter of just hours.  The severe storms on Jan. 24 and Jan. 25, 2012 also spawned three tornadoes…

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EF3 tornado ripped through Deer Park, Pasadena, NWS confirms

EF3 tornado ripped through Deer Park, Pasadena, NWS confirms

The tornado had a maximum wind speed of 140 mph and an estimated path length of 18 miles. HOUSTON — The storms are gone but there’s a path of destruction that will take weeks to clean up after homes and businesses were shredded by tornados that swept across the Houston area Tuesday. The National Weather Service in Houston confirmed Wednesday that an EF3 tornado ripped through Pasadena and Deer Park with an estimated maximum path…

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Judge Lina Hidalgo makes first public comments after tornadoes hit Harris County

Judge Lina Hidalgo said she returned from a 10-day vacation on Wednesday, a day after tornadoes caused significant damage in Harris County. HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — On Wednesday, Judge Lina Hidalgo made her first public comments after severe weather battered Harris County a day prior. Hidalgo said had just returned from a pre-planned, 10-day vacation in Thailand. Prior to that, on Jan. 4, Hidalgo’s office said she would be taking a leave of absence to…

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Hundreds of residents lose their home after tornado destroys SE Houston apartment complex

Hundreds of residents lose their home after tornado destroys SE Houston apartment complex

HOUSTON — The Beamer Place Apartments is just one of several buildings that were destroyed in an EF3 tornado that touched down in southeast Houston Tuesday. Houston city officials went to survey the area Wednesday where now hundreds of families are left without a home because they were told it was not safe for them.  “I had firefighters trying to help me put together my crate, find cats,” said one resident. “I had two other cats hiding behind…

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Deer Park residents left to rebuild after an EF3 tornado tore through their community

Deer Park residents left to rebuild after an EF3 tornado tore through their community

“We will rebuild. This is Deer Park, we love it,” one resident said. DEER PARK, Texas — The day after an EF3 tornado ripped through Deer Park, many families started to pick up the pieces. “Why my house, why us?” asked resident Amy Ervin. Ervin has lived on East X Street for 11 years and is one of several residents who lost everything in Tuesday’s storm. She was working at a nearby school when it…

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'Everything's gone' | Deer Park residents left to rebuild after EF3 tornado tore through their community

'Everything's gone' | Deer Park residents left to rebuild after EF3 tornado tore through their community

“We will rebuild. This is Deer Park, we love it,” one resident said. DEER PARK, Texas — The day after an EF3 tornado ripped through Deer Park, many families started to pick up the pieces. “Why my house, why us?” asked resident Amy Ervin. Ervin has lived on East X Street for 11 years and is one of several residents who lost everything in Tuesday’s storm. She was working at a nearby school when it…

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Here's how to file an insurance claim for tornado damage

Here's how to file an insurance claim for tornado damage

If your home is one of the hundreds damaged by Tuesday’s tornadoes, you’re probably anxious to begin the process of repairing it. HOUSTON — Texans impacted by Tuesday’s powerful tornadoes have begun the process of putting their lives — and homes — back together. Whether you have extensive property damage or relatively minor repairs, you shouldn’t wait to contact your insurance company and get the ball rolling. The Texas Department of Insurance offers tips for…

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After the storm: How to file an insurance claim if you have tornado damage

After the storm: How to file an insurance claim if you have tornado damage

If your home is one of the hundreds damaged by Tuesday’s tornadoes, you’re probably anxious to begin the process of repairing it. HOUSTON — Texans impacted by Tuesday’s powerful tornadoes have begun the process of putting their lives — and homes — back together. Whether you have extensive property damage or relatively minor repairs, you shouldn’t wait to contact your insurance company and get the ball rolling. The Texas Department of Insurance offers tips for…

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'Blessing that nobody got hurt' | Pasadena church among many structures dealing with tornado damage

'Blessing that nobody got hurt' | Pasadena church among many structures dealing with tornado damage

The church pastor said the building was destroyed less than a year after it opened. PASADENA, Texas — A house of worship will be relying on faith to overcome what mother nature brought to Pasadena on Tuesday. “It was a great blessing that nobody got hurt,” Mouth of God Ministries Pastor Winston Cooper said. He said he started the church last February. He’s dealing with devastating tornado damage less than a year later. “Because our…

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List: Resources for Houston-area tornado victims and how you can help

List: Resources for Houston-area tornado victims and how you can help

A lot of big-hearted Houstonians are looking for ways to help Tuesday’s tornado victims. There are several disaster relief agencies you can donate to. HOUSTON — As Houston-area tornado victims begin the daunting process of picking up the pieces, there are several agencies available to help them along the way. We’ve put together a list of resources, along with ways you can help.  Help for tornado victims Disaster shelters The Red Cross Baker Ripley shelter at…

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List of resources: Help for Houston-area tornado victims and what you can do

List of resources: Help for Houston-area tornado victims and what you can do

A lot of big-hearted Houstonians are looking for ways to help Tuesday’s tornado victims. There are several disaster relief agencies you can donate to. HOUSTON — As Houston-area tornado victims begin the daunting process of picking up the pieces, there are several agencies available to help them along the way. We’ve put together a list of resources, along with ways you can help.  Help for tornado victims Disaster shelters The Red Cross Baker Ripley shelter at…

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NWS: EF-3 tornado ripped through Deer Park, Pasadena, NWS confirms

NWS: EF-3 tornado ripped through Deer Park, Pasadena, NWS confirms

City officials in Pasadena, Baytown, and Deer Park are all planning damage surveys. The same goes for the National Weather Service. HOUSTON — The storms are gone but there’s a path of destruction that will take weeks to clean up after homes and businesses were shredded by tornados that swept across the Houston area Tuesday. The National Weather Service in Houston confirmed Wednesday that a preliminary report is confirming the damage in Pasadena and Deer…

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NWS: Preliminary report confirms damage in Deer Park, Pasadena consistent with EF-3 tornado

NWS: Preliminary report confirms damage in Deer Park, Pasadena consistent with EF-3 tornado

City officials in Pasadena, Baytown, and Deer Park are all planning damage surveys. The same goes for the National Weather Service. HOUSTON — The storms are gone but there’s a path of destruction that will take weeks to clean up after homes and businesses were shredded by tornados that swept across the Houston area Tuesday. The National Weather Service in Houston confirmed Wednesday that a preliminary report is confirming the damage in Pasadena and Deer…

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NWS: Damage in Deer Park, Pasadena consistent with EF-3 tornado

City officials in Pasadena, Baytown, and Deer Park are all planning damage surveys. The same goes for the National Weather Service. HOUSTON — The storms are gone but there’s a path of destruction that will take weeks to clean up after homes and businesses were shredded by tornados that swept across the Houston area Tuesday. The National Weather Service in Houston confirmed Wednesday that the damage in Pasadena and Deer Park was consistent with an…

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Destructive tornadoes are rare, but not unprecedented, in Houston area

Destructive tornadoes are rare, but not unprecedented, in Houston area

Lucio Vasquez / Houston Public Media Skate World in Deer Park received significant damage from a tornado on January 24, 2023. How rare was the tornado that ripped through the Houston area on Tuesday? The region had not seen a similar twister in more than 30 years, according to a local weather expert. Space City Weather editor Eric Berger said tornadoes, like the one that touched down in Deer Park, Pasadena and Pearland on Tuesday…

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What to do if your home was damaged or destroyed by Houston-area tornadoes

What to do if your home was damaged or destroyed by Houston-area tornadoes

Recovering from a tornado or other major disaster can be overwhelming but the Red Cross offers tips for homeowners hit hard by Tuesday’s storms. PASADENA, Texas — Hundreds of families all over the Houston area are dealing with major damage from Tuesday’s tornadoes that touched down on the southside and in Pasadena, Deer Park and Baytown.  Many homes in those communities were destroyed but amazingly there were no reports of serious injuries. Picking up the…

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Houston-area pet lovers rush to rescue after tornado ravages Pasadena Animal Shelter

Houston-area pet lovers rush to rescue after tornado ravages Pasadena Animal Shelter

Lisa Tynan The Pasadena Animal Shelter was damaged by a tornado on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. Lisa Tynan arrived at the Pasadena Animal Shelter at 5 p.m. Tuesday – about two hours after a tornado ripped the roof off a kennel building while dogs were inside. She saw the telltale signs of a tornado, such as collapsed structures and scattered debris, as well as scared, startled looks on the faces of more than 100 animals….

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Several school systems across Cape Fear cancel after-school activities due to severe weather threat

Several school systems across Cape Fear cancel after-school activities due to severe weather threat

35 seconds ago Several school systems across the Cape Fear have cancelled after-school activities due to the risk of severe weather (WWAY) — The Cape Fear has the chance of severe weather Wednesday afternoon and evening. As a result, several school systems across the area have cancelled after-school activities. Columbus County Schools, Bladen County Schools, Brunswick County Schools and Whiteville City Schools have cancelled all activities. New Hanover County Schools are currently making a decision,…

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Houston-area tornado damage causes major road closures

Houston-area tornado damage causes major road closures

Damage caused by Tuesday’s severe weather has prompted closures of several major roads in the southeast Houston area.   The Pasadena Police Department announced in a Facebook post Wednesday morning that several roadways in and around the city will be “temporarily closed… due to the heavy damage sustained from the tornado.”   According to Pasadena PD, the following roads will be closed for now:  Fairmont Parkway @ Mickey Gilley Boulevard. Vista Road @ Mickey GIlley…

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Storm chasers capture video of destructive Texas tornadoes near Houston

Storm chasers capture video of destructive Texas tornadoes near Houston

The Houston-area cities of Deer Park and Pasadena are in the midst of cleaning up damage and destruction left in the wake of tornadoes and severe storms that hit the area on Tuesday, January 24. Videos posted across social media show extensive damage to commercial buildings, utility poles, and homes.  One storm chaser from Alabama, Brad Arnold, caught a harrowing video of a “large wedge tornado” barreling across Hwy. 73 just outside of Taylor Landing,…

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Crazy video! Deer Park postal worker rides out a tornado in his truck

Crazy video! Deer Park postal worker rides out a tornado in his truck

Brian Mead was delivering mail when he got caught in Tuesday’s tornado. His video from inside the mail truck shows debris flying and blinding rain. DEER PARK, Texas — Tuesday’s tornadoes were terrifying for a lot of people in the path of the powerful storms south and east of Houston.  Several drivers were caught off guard and had to ride out the tornadoes inside their vehicles.  A La Porte teen was in his pickup outside a Deer…

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Dramatic video captures couple running from RV, diving into ditchwater to shelter from Texas tornado

Dramatic video captures couple running from RV, diving into ditchwater to shelter from Texas tornado

ORANGE, Texas — A couple feels “blessed to be alive” after running from their RV and diving into a ditch to shelter from a tornado in Texas. Video captured Tuesday shows the dramatic moments Zachary Peck-Chapman and his partner scramble out of their RV with their two dogs and jump into ditchwater at the Country Livin’ RV Park in Orange, about 100 miles east of Houston. On Tuesday, forecasters issued a rare tornado emergency for…

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Houston-area tornado leaves thousands without power Wednesday

Houston-area tornado leaves thousands without power Wednesday

More than 21,600 people did not have electricity as of 10:37 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to Centerpoint Energy’s outage tracker. More than 218,000 customers had been affected by outages in the last 24 hours. Outages are concentrated in and around the southeastern Houston area, where Tuesday’s tornado caused the most damage, CenterPoint’s tracker shows. As of Wednesday morning, At least 14,000 were without power in Pasadena, with another several thousand outages across Deer Park and…

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NOAA shares satellite images of severe weather in Houston

NOAA shares satellite images of severe weather in Houston

Along with the high winds, hail, and lightning, several tornadoes were reported. Below is a look at the imagery from the GOES-East satellite. As severe thunderstorms moved across the Gulf Coast yesterday, @NOAA‘s #GOESEast satellite closely monitored the activity. In addition to high winds, hail, and lots of lightning, several tornadoes were reported in Texas and Florida. pic.twitter.com/LxvptFwvnh — NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) January 25, 2023 Take a look at them below:

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Deer Park, Pasadena tornado rated ‘at least’ EF2, says NWS

Deer Park, Pasadena tornado rated ‘at least’ EF2, says NWS

Mario Mendoza carries items out of a friend’s storm-damaged home Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Pasadena, Texas. A powerful storm system took aim at Gulf Coast Tuesday, spawning tornados that caused damage east of Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) “At least” EF-2 damage was caused by a tornado that tore through Deer Park and Pasadena on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. NWS survey crews were out on Wednesday morning assessing the strength and…

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NWS: At least EF2 damage found after tornado tears through Houston area

NWS: At least EF2 damage found after tornado tears through Houston area

City officials in Pasadena, Baytown, and Deer Park are all planning damage surveys. The same goes for the National Weather Service. HOUSTON — The storms are gone but there’s a path of destruction that will take weeks to clean up after homes and businesses were shredded when a tornado swept across the Houston area Tuesday. The National Weather Service in Houston confirmed Wednesday morning that there was at least EF2 damage so far in southeast…

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Severe weather threat moves east after tornadoes hit Texas

Severe weather threat moves east after tornadoes hit Texas

PASADENA, Texas (AP) — A winter storm that brought severe weather to the Gulf Coast and wintry precipitation to the north was headed east Wednesday, a day after tornadoes caused widespread damage in the Houston area and injured three people in Louisiana. On Tuesday, forecasters issued a rare tornado emergency for the Houston area as the storm system moved through the heavily populated area. Substantial damage was reported in cities east of Houston, but there…

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