Dozens of tornadoes rip through Houston with winds of up 100mph and destroying several buildings

A powerful storm system targeted the Gulf Coast Tuesday, spawning a tornado that caused damage east of Houston with winds up to 100 miles per hour.

The videos showed extensive damage with downed power lines and debris fields stretching for miles across suburban Texas and destroyed buildings, including an animal shelter.

The National Weather Service had issued a tornado emergency for that area, warning that a “large, extremely dangerous and life-threatening tornado” was on the ground Tuesday afternoon and headed toward Baytown, about 25 miles east of Houston. The advisory expired as the system moved eastward.

There were downed power lines and damage to homes and businesses in Baytown, but no reports of serious injuries, Baytown spokesman Jason Calder said.

A powerful storm system targeted the Gulf Coast Tuesday, spawning a tornado that caused damage east of Houston with winds up to 100 miles per hour.

A powerful storm system targeted the Gulf Coast Tuesday, spawning a tornado that caused damage east of Houston with winds up to 100 miles per hour.

Footage from Houston television station KTRK showed damage to buildings and power lines in Pasadena, a city southeast of Houston, including smashed doors at a Harley-Davidson dealership.

Several businesses sustained significant damage, including the city’s animal shelter. Nearby, fencing was put up and tiles and sections of roofs were ripped off houses, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

The Shell Chemicals site in nearby Deer Park was on fire, or burning natural gas, after it lost steam due to severe weather, according to Shell spokesman Curtis Smith.

“We are taking steps to minimize any noise, light or smoke associated with this activity, although it is expected to continue until the units are restarted,” Smith said by email.

“There is no threat to the community, nor is there any indication that a nearby tornado touched down within the Chemicals facility.”

The website PowerOutage.us, which collects live power outage data from utility companies across the United States, reported that about 123,000 Texas customers lost power Tuesday afternoon, mostly in the Texas area. Houston and surrounding counties.

An animal shelter in Pasadena announced that it was destroyed by extreme weather.

A camping trailer sits in a retention pond where a tornado was reported to have passed along Mickey Gilley Blvd., near Fairmont Parkway, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Pasadena, Texas.

A camping trailer sits in a retention pond where a tornado was reported to have passed along Mickey Gilley Blvd., near Fairmont Parkway, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Pasadena, Texas.

A camping trailer sits in a retention pond where a tornado was reported to have passed along Mickey Gilley Blvd., near Fairmont Parkway, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Pasadena, Texas.

Tornado damage along Spencer Highway approximately one mile east of Beltway 8 near Houston

Tornado damage along Spencer Highway approximately one mile east of Beltway 8 near Houston

Tornado damage along Spencer Highway approximately one mile east of Beltway 8 near Houston

The videos showed extensive damage with downed power lines and debris fields stretching for miles across suburban Texas and destroyed buildings, including an animal shelter.

The videos showed extensive damage with downed power lines and debris fields stretching for miles across suburban Texas and destroyed buildings, including an animal shelter.

The videos showed extensive damage with downed power lines and debris fields stretching for miles across suburban Texas and destroyed buildings, including an animal shelter.

The National Weather Service had issued a tornado emergency for that area, warning that a “large, extremely dangerous and life-threatening tornado” was on the ground Tuesday afternoon and headed toward Baytown, about 25 miles east of Houston. The advisory expired as the system moved eastward.

There were downed power lines and damage to homes and businesses in Baytown, but no reports of serious injuries, Baytown spokesman Jason Calder said.

There were downed power lines and damage to homes and businesses in Baytown, but no reports of serious injuries, Baytown spokesman Jason Calder said.

There were downed power lines and damage to homes and businesses in Baytown, but no reports of serious injuries, Baytown spokesman Jason Calder said.

Footage from Houston television station KTRK showed damage to buildings and power lines in Pasadena, a city southeast of Houston, including smashed doors at a Harley-Davidson dealership.

Footage from Houston television station KTRK showed damage to buildings and power lines in Pasadena, a city southeast of Houston, including smashed doors at a Harley-Davidson dealership.

Footage from Houston television station KTRK showed damage to buildings and power lines in Pasadena, a city southeast of Houston, including smashed doors at a Harley-Davidson dealership.

Several businesses sustained significant damage, including the city's animal shelter.  Nearby, fences were put up and tiles and sections of roofs were ripped off houses, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Several businesses sustained significant damage, including the city's animal shelter.  Nearby, fences were put up and tiles and sections of roofs were ripped off houses, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Several businesses sustained significant damage, including the city’s animal shelter. Nearby, fences were put up and tiles and sections of roofs were ripped off houses, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

The Pasadena Animal Shelter wrote a note on Facebook confirming the building had been destroyed and asking for help relocating the animals.

The Pasadena Animal Shelter wrote a note on Facebook confirming the building had been destroyed and asking for help relocating the animals.

The Pasadena Animal Shelter wrote a note on Facebook confirming the building had been destroyed and asking for help relocating the animals.

We have a volunteer heading there now to see how we can help, but all the dogs will need a safe place.  If you have the space (even in your garage) and have the heart to open up your home to any of these poor animals, now is the time to step up!  This is going to take the rescue village!'

We have a volunteer heading there now to see how we can help, but all the dogs will need a safe place.  If you have the space (even in your garage) and have the heart to open up your home to any of these poor animals, now is the time to step up!  This is going to take the rescue village!'

We have a volunteer heading there now to see how we can help, but all the dogs will need a safe place. If you have the space (even in your garage) and have the heart to open up your home to any of these poor animals, now is the time to step up! This is going to take the rescue village!’

A camping trailer sits in a retention pond where a tornado was reported to have passed along Mickey Gilley Blvd. near Fairmont Parkway

A camping trailer sits in a retention pond where a tornado was reported to have passed along Mickey Gilley Blvd. near Fairmont Parkway

A camping trailer sits in a retention pond where a tornado was reported to have passed along Mickey Gilley Blvd. near Fairmont Parkway

The Pasadena Animal Shelter wrote on Facebook: “We have a volunteer heading there now to see how we can help, but all the dogs will need a safe place.” If you have the space (even in your garage) and have the heart to open up your home to any of these poor animals, now is the time to step up! This is going to take the rescue village!’

It was the start of what is expected to be a stormy day along the Gulf Coast. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

Areas along the coast from Houston to the Florida Panhandle could see tornadoes, high winds and hail Tuesday.

The storm system was also bringing snow and ice to much of the central US.

A man walks through a parking lot that contains several overturned vehicles, including a trailer that was in a parking lot across the street, according to people at the scene.

A man walks through a parking lot that contains several overturned vehicles, including a trailer that was in a parking lot across the street, according to people at the scene.

A man walks through a parking lot that contains several overturned vehicles, including a trailer that was in a parking lot across the street, according to people at the scene.

A UPS truck overturns where a tornado was reported to have passed

A UPS truck overturns where a tornado was reported to have passed

A UPS truck overturns where a tornado was reported to have passed

An overturned RV crashes into another RV in a parking lot near a Moose Lodge

An overturned RV crashes into another RV in a parking lot near a Moose Lodge

An overturned RV crashes into another RV in a parking lot near a Moose Lodge

People cross under downed power lines where a tornado was reported to have passed along Mickey Gilley Boulevard

People cross under downed power lines where a tornado was reported to have passed along Mickey Gilley Boulevard

People cross under downed power lines where a tornado was reported to have passed along Mickey Gilley Boulevard

A man walks through a parking lot that contains several overturned vehicles, including a trailer that was in a parking lot across the street.

A man walks through a parking lot that contains several overturned vehicles, including a trailer that was in a parking lot across the street.

A man walks through a parking lot that contains several overturned vehicles, including a trailer that was in a parking lot across the street.

It was the start of what is expected to be a stormy day along the Gulf Coast.  The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma

It was the start of what is expected to be a stormy day along the Gulf Coast.  The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma

It was the start of what is expected to be a stormy day along the Gulf Coast. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma

Schools and businesses were closed Tuesday and Wednesday across Oklahoma.

Some locations saw snow totals between 1 and 6 inches in the central and eastern parts of the state.

Several school districts in southwestern Louisiana dismissed students early Tuesday in anticipation of severe weather in the area.

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