Texas and Louisiana: After tornadoes ripped through communities, thousands lost power as the storm continues to threaten the South and Midwest

Texas and Louisiana: After tornadoes ripped through communities, thousands lost power as the storm continues to threaten the South and Midwest



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More than a dozen reported tornadoes ripped through communities in Texas and Louisiana, damaging many homes and businesses as windows and roofs were blown out of buildings, and the threat is expected to persist into other southern states Wednesday.

A massive multi-day storm is bringing varying impacts to a large swath of the US this week, with parts of Alabama, Florida and Mississippi under a tornado watch until 5 a.m. Wednesday, while snow is also reserved for the Midwest.

“A winter storm will move into the Middle Mississippi Valley on Wednesday morning. Areas of heavy snow and a winter mix over Oklahoma and the Ozarks will expand northeast into the Ohio Valley through early Wednesday,” the National Weather Service said. said on Twitter.

On Tuesday, the storm caused extensive damage to the Houston-area communities of Deer Park and Pasadena, where downed trees and debris littered streets and thousands were left without power after power lines were downed.

“We have seen a lot of damage. We have seen buildings that have collapsed,” Pasadena Mayor Jeff Wagner said.

Johnny Graham walks past his storm-damaged office Tuesday in Pasadena, Texas.

Josh Bruegger, the city’s police chief, described the damage as the worst he’s seen in 25 years, adding: “For the next few days, we’re going to have our hands full.”

In Deer Park, people at St. Hyacinth Catholic Church crouched in a hallway and closed all the doors when they heard what they believed to be a tornado pass through the area, Father Reginald Samuels said.

“It got really loud, we heard glass breaking and the building was shaking, then it quieted down,” Samuels told CNN, adding that no one was hurt.

Damage was also reported at a Deer Park nursing home, prompting the evacuation of about 60 residents Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Jerry Mouton told CNN. There were no reports of injuries, according to Jerry Dilliard of the Atascocita Fire Department. CNN reached out to the operator of the nursing home on Tuesday for more information.

Mr. Electric employees Hector Vazquez, left, and Lucas Perry pass a phone outside their office building where they were working when a powerful storm hit Deer Park, Texas on Tuesday.

While cleanup efforts are underway in Deer Park, the city’s schools will close Wednesday, the district said.

“We hope this gives families a chance to recover from the stress of today’s events, and we believe it is best for children to be with their parents or guardians after a natural disaster,” the district said in a statement sent to parents and employees. Tuesday night.

“It appears that many homes and businesses in our area were damaged and some neighborhoods remain without power at this time,” the statement continued.

Photos of the damage in Deer Park show tree limbs thrown on roads, roofs blown off buildings and damaged vehicles.

John Liparito inspects storm damage Tuesday in Pasadena, Texas.

More than 100,000 homes and businesses in Texas and Arkansas were blacked out early Wednesday morning, according to monitoring site PowerOutage.us. As of 9 p.m. ET, at least 14 tornadoes had been reported in southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana.

In Louisiana’s Beauregard parish, the sheriff’s office reported significant damage to homes and other buildings, noting that roads were blocked and power lines were down. Nearly 16,000 homes and businesses also lost power in Louisiana early Wednesday morning.

Overall, there were no reports of serious injuries associated with Tuesday’s storm damage, with Pasadena officials reporting one injury.

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