Cleanup process begins after tornado swept through Houston area

City officials in Pasadena, Baytown and Deer Park are planning to conduct damage assessments. The same goes for the National Weather Service.

HOUSTON. The storms are gone, but there is a path of destruction that will take weeks to clear after homes and businesses were destroyed by a tornado that swept through the Houston area on Tuesday.

School canceled for approximately 25,000 students, and ISDs in Deer Park and Pasadena are closed. Pasadena ISD reports damage to at least four schools. Representatives will be checking all of their schools for student safety in the next few hours.

TO READ: School districts closed on Wednesday due to bad weather

They are not the only ones who will look at the damage. City officials in Pasadena, Baytown and Deer Park are planning to conduct damage assessments.

The same goes for National Weather Service. They will have teams trying to determine the official size and path of the tornado.

READ: Here’s the path the tornado took through the Houston area

TO READ: First tornado warning issued in Houston area

Below are some of the tornado damage from Air 11.

Meteorological team KHOU 11 tracked the tornado’s likely path as it moved through the southeastern region.

Tornado shelter in Pasadena

The Red Cross opened a shelter at the Baker Ripley Building, located at 720 Fairmont Parkway, on Tuesday evening.

Doors opened at 9:00 pm, and since then, dozens of displaced families have received assistance, including 25 to 50 people who were brought here by bus on Tuesday night after a tornado destroyed an apartment complex in Houston.

This shelter is critical right now because so many people need help, including those who live in Pasadena. The storm left a trail of devastation in the area, tearing apart houses and cars, knocking down trees and power lines.

People living in the area spent the night sorting through the wreckage, grateful that they managed to get out alive.

“We couldn’t even see where he was coming from. We couldn’t see anything. He just turned white. Everything turned white, there were explosions. “It was the worst thing in my life, but, thank God, we are here, healthy and alive.”

Volunteers will also provide cleaning kits. In addition, the Pasadena Salvation Army also provides food and assistance.

Power outage in Houston

Some power lines are still down on Wednesday morning, leaving many families without electricity. At one point on Tuesday, more than 100,000 homes and businesses were left without power.

Power supply for many of these customers has already been restored.

Take a look at the Entergy crash map in real time.

As for CenterPoint, as of 5:00 am, about 30,000 customers are still without power. Most of these families live in the Pasadena and Deer Park area.

CenterPoint said it will send 24 crews to these areas to turn the lights back on.

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