Pasadena tornado: NWS confirms EF-1 touched down Sunday

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HOUSTON — The National Weather Service confirms that some of the damage from Sunday’s storms was caused by a tornado. The EF-1 tornado touched down in Pasadena. 

EF-1 is the second-weakest tornado, according to the enhanced Fujita Scale. It’s got winds between 86 and 110 miles per hour.

It was part of a line of severe storms that moved through the Houston area bringing with it strong wind and heavy rain.  We’ve seen plenty of damage from around the area, including downed power lines, tree limbs down and trampolines picked up and thrown by the wind.

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Tornado warnings and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued for many counties across the Houston area.  

And as for power, as of 8,50 p.m., there were 19,934 customers without it, according to Centerpoint.  They said they’d work through the night to restore it.


During the storm, we got reports of a young girl being struck by lightning. We contacted the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, who first confirmed it and then later clarified to us that the girl was near a well that was struck, and it pushed her back.  The girl and her mother refused medial care. 

Meanwhile, also in Liberty County, we saw videos and photos of what the storm did, including this clip of a trampoline crossing the street!

Pasadena storm damage

There were downed power lines and building damage in Pasadena. This image is from Shaver at Fairmont Parkway. Roads were closed in the area.

TJ Aulds


The storms had Houston’s airports at a complete stop Sunday.  They’ve resumed flights, but some have been canceled and others have been delayed.  Your best bet — check with your carrier before heading to the airport.


As the storm blew through, it knocked a power line down nearly all the way across the Eastex Freeway northbound at Polk. The downed lines caused major delays.


The roof at Minute Maid couldn’t keep the rain out on Sunday during the Astros-Athletics game. We saw several videos online showing the rain was making it through. The rainbow at the end of this one, though, was that the Astros won again, sweeping the A’s!

The winds caused fences to come down in some neighborhoods. KHOU Assistant News Director Josh Hubbard captured a trampoline in a tree in his Lake Houston neighborhood.

The storm system should exit the region around 10 p.m. making way for beautiful weather most of next week.

Houston had been gradually lowering Lake Houston by 12 inches to prepare for the rain and thunderstorms this weekend. Lake levels will remain one foot lower throughout the week.

Property owners along the shoreline should secure the property.

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