Thousands without power after reported tornadoes hit communities in Texas and Louisiana as the storm continues to threaten the South, Midwest

Thousands without power after reported tornadoes hit communities in Texas and Louisiana as the storm continues to threaten the South, Midwest



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More than a dozen reported tornadoes struck across communities in Texas and Louisiana, damaging many homes and businesses as windows and roofs were blown off buildings – and the threat is expected to last Wednesday in other southern states.

A massive multi-day storm is bringing varying impacts to much of the United States this week, with parts of Alabama, Florida and Mississippi under a tornado watch through 5 a.m. Wednesday and snow is also in store for the Midwest.

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

On Tuesday, the storm caused great damage to the Houston-Deer Park and Pasadena area communities, where trees are downed and debris littered streets and miles without power after downed lines.

“We’ve seen plenty of damage. We saw buildings that have collapsed,” said Pasadena Mayor Jeff Wagner.

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 has seen in 25 years, adding, “For the next few days, we will have our hands full.”

In Deer Park, people at St. Hyacinth Catholic Church went down a hall and closed all doors when they heard what they believed to be a tornado roll through the area, Father Reginald Samuels said.

“It got really loud, we heard glass breaking, and the building was shaking and then it was still,” 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 Dlliard with the Atascocita Fire Department. CNN contacted the nursing home’s operator Tuesday for more information.

Employees Mr. Electric Héctor Vázquéz, left, and Lucas Perry pass out on the phone outside their office building where they were working when a powerful storm system hit Tuesday in Deer Park, Texas.

While cleanup efforts are underway in Páirc na Fianna, schools in the city will close Wednesday, the district said.

“We hope this will give families a chance to recover from the stress of today’s events, and we believe it would be 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.

“Many homes and businesses in our area appear to have been damaged, and several neighborhoods are still without power at this time,” the statement continued.

Photos of the damage in Deer Park show tree limbs lying on roads, roofs flying from buildings and damaged vehicles.

John Liparito surveys storm damage Tuesday in Pasadena, Texas.

More than 100,000 homes and businesses in Texas and Arkansas were left in the dark early Wednesday morning, according to the tracking site PowerOutage.us. As of 9 pm ET, at least 14 tornadoes were reported across southeast Texas and southwest 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 were without power in Louisiana early Wednesday morning.

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

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