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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'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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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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'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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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Assessing tornado damage (Jan. 25, 2023)

Assessing tornado damage (Jan. 25, 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 Wednesday’s show: Thousands remain without power and public schools have cancelled classes in Pasadena and Deer Park after a tornado touched down Tuesday afternoon, tearing roofs off homes, damaging buildings, flipping vehicles, and downing power lines. We learn more about what happened and assess the damages. Also this hour: From a new White House…

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Clean-up process begins 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. School is canceled for roughly 25,000 students with Deer Park and Pasadena ISDs both closed. Pasadena ISD is reporting damage to…

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Restroom the only thing still standing after Pasadena gym destroyed in tornado

Restroom the only thing still standing after Pasadena gym destroyed in tornado

Four people had just finished a class when the unthinkable happened. The gym’s restroom saved their lives. PASADENA, Texas — A restroom is the only thing still standing at a Pasadena gym after a tornado ripped through the area during severe weather. Four people were inside the Crossfit on Pansy Street. They had just finished a class and were ready to call it a day when the unthinkable happened. “Total chaos, like chaos, and very loud,”…

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Teen rides out tornado in truck while waiting on parents at Deer Park doctor's office

Teen rides out tornado in truck while waiting on parents at Deer Park doctor's office

The teen walked away with no less than a scratch: a true miracle. DEER PARK, Texas — One can only drop their jaw when hearing the details of how a teenager survived a tornado in a truck. The teen’s dad said he and his wife had walked into a doctor’s office, leaving their son inside a truck. No less than two minutes later, the lights started flickering. There were then two explosions. “The doors started…

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Strong weather system brings tornado, heavy rain to SE Texas

Strong weather system brings tornado, heavy rain to SE Texas

A strong storm system pushed through SE Texas on Tuesday, bringing with it a “catastrophic” tornado that raced through the southeast and east sides of Houston. HOUSTON — Severe weather pushed through Southeast Texas on Tuesday, bringing strong wind, at least one tornado and several high-water locations across the Houston area. Stay weather-smart. Get the KHOU 11 app to get alerts when severe weather watches and warnings are issued for your part of town. And we’ll be…

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Teen rides out tornado in truck while waiting on parents at Pasadena doctor's office

Teen rides out tornado in truck while waiting on parents at Pasadena doctor's office

The teen walked away with no less than a scratch: a true miracle. PASADENA, Texas — One can only drop their jaw when hearing the details of how a teenager survived a tornado in a truck. The teen’s dad said he and his wife had walked into a doctor’s office, leaving their son inside a truck. No less than two minutes later, the lights started flickering. There were then two explosions. “The doors started opening…

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Here's the path a tornado took through the Houston area

Here's the path a tornado took through the Houston area

On Tuesday, a tornado raced through the southeast and east side, causing significant damage along its path. HOUSTON — A tornado raced through the Houston area Tuesday during a severe weather event. KHOU 11 meteorologists David Paul and Tim Pandajis tracked it as it moved through the southeast and east sides of town. It started in the Sienna area and moved to the northeast. The National Weather Service said the “large and extremely dangerous tornado”…

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Dozens of pets displaced after Pasadena Animal Shelter hit by tornado

Dozens of pets displaced after Pasadena Animal Shelter hit by tornado

PASADENA, Texas — A tornado brought by Tuesday’s storm system destroyed the Pasadena Animal Shelter, displacing dozens of pets. Officials told KHOU 11’s Shern-Min Chow that around 70 animals were taken to the shelter’s adoption center across the street. Pasadena Mayor Jeff Wagner said some of the dogs received minor injuries during the storm. Multiple animal rescue groups showed up to help by bringing crates and getting the animals moved to a different building. Some of…

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Your storm videos, photos show tornado damage, flooding across Greater Houston area

KHOU 11 viewers have been busy documenting today’s storms in their neighborhoods. HOUSTON — A powerful front stirred tornadoes and torrential rain around the Greater Houston Area tuesday. All day, we received viewer storm videos and photos that show widespread tornado damage in Pasadena, Baytown and Deer Park. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported. We also saw street flooding in many other communities caused by today’s heavy downpours. Thanks to our KHOU 11 viewers who’ve been…

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'Tornado Emergency' issued in Houston area for first time

'Tornado Emergency' issued in Houston area for first time

The storm caused major damage across town and a Tornado Emergency was issued for the first time. HOUSTON — There were plenty of weather watches and warnings issued during Tuesday’s severe weather across the Houston area. One of those alerts issued by the National Weather Service was a Hurricane Emergency and it was the first time such an alert has been issued in the Houston area. The alert was issued when a tornado was spotted…

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'Total chaos' | Customers take shelter in restroom after tornado rips through Pasadena gym

'Total chaos' | Customers take shelter in restroom after tornado rips through Pasadena gym

Four people had just finished a class when the unthinkable happened. The gym’s restroom saved their lives. PASADENA, Texas — A restroom is the only thing still standing at a Pasadena gym after a tornado ripped through the area during severe weather. Four people were inside the Crossfit on Pansy Street. They had just finished a class and were ready to call it a day when the unthinkable happened. “Total chaos, like chaos, and very loud,”…

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Restroom the only thing still standing after Pasandena gym destroyed in tornado

Restroom the only thing still standing after Pasandena gym destroyed in tornado

Four people had just finished a class when the unthinkable happened. The gym’s restroom saved their lives. PASADENA, Texas — A restroom is the only thing still standing at a Pasadena gym after a tornado ripped through the area during severe weather. Four people were inside the Crossfit on Pansy Street. They had just finished a class and were ready to call it a day when the unthinkable happened. “Total chaos, like chaos, and very loud,”…

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Shell chemicals plant in Deer Park reports 'flaring' due to tornado in the area

Shell chemicals plant in Deer Park reports 'flaring' due to tornado in the area

News // Houston & Texas Shell officials said the flaring does not pose any threat to the community.  Ariana Garcia, Chron Jan. 24, 2023Updated: Jan. 24, 2023 5:12 p.m. A flare is shown at Shell along 146 in Deer Park in 2017. Shell announced Tuesday the oil and gas company announced that Tuesday’s severe weather events resulted in flaring.  Houston Chronicle Staff The oil and gas company Shell announced Tuesday afternoon that its chemicals facility located in…

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Here's the track a tornado took through the Houston area

Here's the track a tornado took through the Houston area

On Tuesday, a tornado raced through the southeast and east side, causing significant damage along its path. HOUSTON — A tornado raced through the Houston area Tuesday during a severe weather event. KHOU 11 meteorologists David Paul and Tim Pandajis tracked it as it moved through the southeast and east sides of town. It started in the Sienna area and moved to the northeast. The National Weather Service said the “large and extremely dangerous tornado”…

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