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EF-3 Tornado Confirmed in Houston Tuesday

26 Jan 2023, 6:30 am

A tornado emergency was issued early Tuesday afternoon for the Baytown and SE Houston communities. This was the highest level of a tornado warning, and reports of damage just east of Houston are numerous. This is the first tornado emergency ever issued by the National Weather Service office out of Houston. Early Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service office in Houston confirmed an EF-3 hit the Deer Park / Pasadena, TX area.

Our field correspondents were able to survey the damage in Pasadena, TX by drone on Tuesday afternoon, showing widespread damage to homes in the town. Shingles and drywall were ripped off homes and debris was scattered throughout. A train was pushed off the tracks and multiple semi trucks were blown over. The community of Deer Park was also hit very hard by this same tornado.

Our crews surveyed more tornado damage in Orange, TX, a community located on the Louisiana/Texas border.

On Tuesday we had an ENHANCED risk issued by the Storm Prediction Center (level 3 out of 5) for the Gulf Coast of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama along with the Florida panhandle. There was also the risk for “significant tornadoes” through the I-10 corridor where the SPC highlighted the potential for an EF-2 or greater tornado.

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