5 tornadoes confirmed in Houston area, NWS says
HOUSTON – Storm survey teams have confirmed that five tornadoes touched down in the Houston area on Wednesday.
The fifth tornado was confirmed Friday. The National Weather Service said "a total of 5, short-lived tornadoes have been confirmed from Wednesday in Harris and Chambers counties."
The survey team in Chambers County said an EF-0 tornado caused damage near Dutton Bay.
The survey team in southeast Harris County confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down and caused damage in Pasadena.
The Morgans Point/Barbours Cut damage was also caused by an EF-1 tornado.
The fourth tornado was confirmed as a EF-1 in southwest Houston.
In Pearland, the Maynor family dealt with flooding inside, and outside, their home.
"Water started coming in from the back door and the garage and it started coming in from everywhere," Michelle Maynor said.
Most of the water has receded, but earlier in the day, their yard was flooded and inside the water was up over the base boards.
"Two inches inside the house. Everywhere," Maynor said.
Two inches doesn't sound like a lot, but it's enough to ruin furniture and sheet rock.
It's been a big headache for the Maynors.
"We're just trying to get the water out, and the backdoor, there's still water coming in there," she said.
A line of storms roared through the Houston area Wednesday, knocking down trees and damaging structures.
The worst of the weather began moving through the metro area about 10:30 a.m., when the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Fort Bend and Harris counties.
Officials confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down in southwest Houston. The winds pushed down a tree onto a car at an apartment complex near Renwick and Bissonnet streets. The winds also damaged carports at the apartments.
The owner of a car that was hit by a piece of debris said he was inside when it was hit.
"I was going to get out but then I saw all the trees falling down, so I didn't know what to do," he said. "So, I just stayed there in the car and held on to the car."
The warning prompted brief shelter-in-place orders for students and staff of both the Houston and the Spring Branch independent school districts.
Lightning started a fire at a home on Pine Hollow Trace in Harris County just northwest of Houston, according to firefighters.
A spokesman for the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department said a woman who was in the home was taken to a hospital for treatment of chest pains.
Officials in Pasadena said they receive reports of a possible building collapse after a storm moved through the area. High-water also reported in many areas of Pasadena and parts of southeast Houston.
The Port Authority of Houston also reported that shipping containers were toppled at the Barbours Cut Terminal. Rescue crews were being dispatched to the area. Video from Sky 2 showed several stacks of containers were knocked down.
More than a dozen flights were diverted from Bush Intercontinental Airport due to the stormy weather, officials said. Click or tap here to check the status of a flight.
CenterPoint Energy reported some customers were without power. Click or tap here to check power outage information.
Play at the Shell Houston Open Grand Pro-Am was canceled Wednesday after being suspended earlier in the day.
No serious injuries have been reported.
Storms will move into the eastern counties for the remainder of Wednesday afternoon with just a slight chance of redevelopment of additional storms by late afternoon. Skies will stay mostly cloudy for the remainder of the afternoon and highs will slowly move back into the mid to upper 70s.
The rest of the work week will be almost perfect, with cool mornings starting off in the mid-50s and sunny afternoons with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s. Heading into the weekend, there’s a chance for more heavy rain with another system moving in from the west by late Sunday into Monday. That storm may bring another round of severe thunderstorms and a potential for flooding rain.
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