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A tornado in the Houston area left thousands without power on Wednesday

Thousands of Houston residents were left without power on Wednesday morning after a tornado swept through parts of the region on Tuesday afternoon.

More than 21,600 people were out of power as of 10:37 am Wednesday, according to Centerpoint Energy’s outage tracking system. Over 218,000 customers have been affected by outages in the last 24 hours.

The outages are concentrated in and around southeast Houston, where Tuesday’s tornado caused the most damage, the CenterPoint tracker shows. As of Wednesday morning, at least 14,000 people were without power in Pasadena, with several thousand more out in Deer Park and Baytown to the east.


CenterPoint crews began restoring power to Deer Park at 6 a.m. Wednesday, ABC 13 reported. The power provider also told ABC 13 that its transmission line was damaged during the storm.

The National Weather Service confirmed that the tornado caused at least EF2 damage in the southeast Houston area, meaning the tornado caused “significant damage” and produced winds of at least 110 mph, according to the NWS. Residents of the Pasadena area posted photos and videos Tuesday afternoon showing buildings with their roofs ripped off and houses blown away by the tornado. In Deer Park, a Shell chemical plant reported a “flare” due to tornado damage.

Tuesday’s storm was the first time the National Weather Service had declared a “tornado emergency” for the southeast Houston area. More severe than a tornado warning, a tornado alert is issued when there is a serious threat to human life and catastrophic damage from an imminent or ongoing tornado. According to the NWS, tornado emergencies are “reserved for situations where a reliable source confirms a tornado, or there is clear radar evidence of a destructive tornado, such as wreckage detection.”



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