Tornado emergency declared near Houston, damage reported

HOUSTON (AP) — A powerful storm system hit the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, spawning a tornado that wreaked havoc east of Houston.

The National Weather Service declared a state of emergency for the area, warning that a “large, extremely dangerous and potentially deadly tornado” hit the ground Tuesday afternoon and headed for Baytown, about 25 miles (40 km) east of Houston. the warning expired when the system moved east.

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

Footage from the Houston television channel KTRK showed damage to buildings and power lines in Pasadena, a city southeast of Houston. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

PowerOutage.us, a website that collects real-time data on utility outages across the United States, said about 123,000 Texas customers were left without power Tuesday afternoon, mostly in the Houston area and surrounding counties. .

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