Damaging storms spawn tornadoes around Houston area

By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather staff writer
February 15, 2017, 11:35:46 AM EST

Severe thunderstorms erupted across southeastern Texas Tuesday morning, leaving thousands without power around Houston and causing significant damage to homes and businesses.

Wind damage, downed fences and tree branches on roadways was reported in the town of Stafford, Texas, according to the Stafford Police Department. In addition, several buildings and homes had their roofs blown off. There were also several reports of a funnel cloud.

Another tornado touchdown was reported southwest of the town of Rosenburg, Texas, according to a National Weather Service trained spotter.

The Houston Chronicle reported that the storms may have been a factor in one fatal crash.

(Photo/Fort Bend County Sherrif's Office)

In Van Vleck, Texas, six people suffered minor injuries after an EF1 tornado caused structural damage to multiple homes and buildings in the area.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, at least three tornadoes were confirmed in the area, according to the NWS office in Houston.

At the height of the storm, more than 25,000 CenterPoint Energy customers were without power in the Houston area.

Tornado damage was reported in the Bridlewood Estates community of Fort Bend County, Texas, the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office said.

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The Severe Weather also prompted flight delays at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

A storm system with a history of producing isolated tornadoes will race eastward along the central Gulf coast region into Tuesday night.

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Source : https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/damaging-storms-spawn-tornadoes-around-houston-area/70000857

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