Reports of tornado, storm damage in Livingston
HOUSTON – The Weather Service is looking into reports of a tornado touching ground in Polk County.
Residents in Livingston recorded cell phone video of what appeared to be wind forming the shape of a twister Saturday afternoon.
No injuries were reported.
"The wind was whistling and roaring a little bit," said Darren Collins. Collins and a friend were fishing when they saw the sky turn gray and what looked like a waterspout form in a pond.
"It started swirling," he said, describing the system.
Polk County Emergency Management officials reported a tornado touched ground around 4 p.m. Saturday.
The National Weather Service has yet to confirm whether the system was a tornado.
Much of the damage was limited to W&W Storage, located on the 4500 block of US 190 in Livingston.
A steady stream of customers filed in and out of the parking lot Saturday, looking to see if their belongings were damaged.
The storm ripped off the roof of one building, allowing water to leak into climate controlled storage rooms.
Brett Foisie, whose family owns the facility, told KPRC2 the company was in the process of contacting its insurance company and customers who were affected. Foisie himself had items stored that were destroyed by wind and water.
"Can't replace photos. Can't replace birth certificates, things like that. All personal heirlooms, what you want to call it," he said.
Other residents said the system moved quickly, taking a few seconds to form and destroy the storage building.
"It just came right through the woods and knocked the trees and stuff down right behind us and cut right through the woods," said Wesley Boone, who lives near the storage facility. Boone's home was not damaged.
Officials have yet to assess the storm's full impact. Residents tell KPRC2 they're happy no one was hurt.
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