City officials in Pasadena, Baytown and Deer Park plan all damage assessments. The same applies to the National Weather Service.
HOUSTON — The storms are over, but there is a path of destruction that will take weeks to clean up after homes and businesses were destroyed when a tornado swept through the Houston area on Tuesday.
the National Weather Service in Houston confirmed Wednesday morning that there was at least EF2 damage so far in southeast Houston. Your survey teams are still on the road to determine this official tornado size and trajectory.
According to the NWS EF2 damage means that there has been significant damage such as roofs torn off half-timbered houses; mobile homes demolished; goods wagons shifted; large trees snapped or uprooted; Light objects become projectiles.
EF2 tornadoes have wind speeds of 111-135 mph.
School is canceled for about 25,000 students as ISDs in Deer Park and Pasadena are both closed. Pasadena ISD reports damage to at least four schools. Representatives will be checking all of their schools for student safety over the next few hours.
TO READ: School districts closed Wednesday due to weather damage
You’re not the only ones who will see the damage. City officials in Pasadena, Baytown and Deer Park plan all damage assessments.
READ: Here’s the path a tornado took through the Houston area
TO READ: “Tornado Emergency” issued for the first time in the Houston area
Below is a look at some of the Tornado Damage of air 11.
The KHOU 11 weather team tracked the tornado’s likely path as it moved across the southeastern region.
Housing for tornado victims in Pasadena
The Red Cross opened a shelter inside Baker Ripley Building at 720 Fairmont Parkway Tuesday night.
Doors opened at 9 p.m. and assistance has since been given to dozens of displaced families, including about 25 to 50 people brought here Tuesday night after the tornado destroyed an apartment complex in Houston.
This shelter is critical right now when so many people are in need of help, including those living in Pasadena. The storm left a trail of devastation in the area, tearing apart homes and cars, and downing trees and power lines.
People living in the area spent the night sorting through the debris, grateful to have made it out alive.
“We couldn’t even see which direction it was coming from. We couldn’t see anything. It just turned white. Everything went white, explosions happened. “It was the scariest thing of my life, but thank God we’re here, healthy and alive.”
Volunteers also provide cleaning kits. In addition, the Pasadena Salvation Army is providing food and relief.
Deer Park residents share survival stories
Given the storm damage left in Deer Park, those who live here say it’s a miracle no one was killed.
A father said his son was trapped in his car when the storm hit and he was holding on to his life when the airbags deployed.
Residents share survival stories from the moments this tornado ripped through the heart of Deer Park.
The roof of one apartment was torn off and a woman was trapped by a flying door. She was rescued by her neighbors.
Around the corner at a Center Street mall, while a man huddled with other patients in a destroyed medical clinic, his teenage son was stranded in his car as the tornado threw chunks of metal and debris everywhere.
The city of Deer Park said it plans to rebuild and is just grateful everyone is doing well. City facilities will close on Wednesday as they assess the damage.
Power outages in Houston
Some of the power lines were still down Wednesday morning, leaving many families in the dark. At one point Tuesday, more than 100,000 homes and businesses were without power.
Many of these customers have now had their power restored.
For a live look at the Entergy failure card.
When it comes to CenterPoint, at 6:30 a.m. there are still about 21,000 customers without power. Most of these families live near Pasadena and Deer Park.
CenterPoint said they are dispatching 24 crews to those areas to turn the lights back on.
Here is her latest statement:
“Our teams worked overnight to safely restore service to more than 15,000 affected customers in the greater Houston area. In the past 24 hours, CenterPoint Energy has powered nearly 217,000 customers. As we complete our system damage assessments, we have identified significant damage to our infrastructure in the tornado-affected areas. Our crews are committed to restoring service to our customers as safely and quickly as possible.”
https://www.kvue.com/article/weather/tornado-in-houston/285-89355195-f508-44d2-bac7-96d9b593edfe Houston tornado: Damage in Pasadena, Deer Park, Baytown