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US: Tornado emergency issued near Houston, damage reported



HOUSTON: A powerful storm system has targeted Gulf Coast on Tuesday, spawns a tornado that causes damage to the east Houston.
The National Weather Service declared a tornado emergency for that area, warning that a “large, extremely dangerous, and potentially deadly tornado” appeared above the ground Tuesday afternoon and headed toward on the Baytown side, about 40 kilometers east of Houston. The warning expires when the system moves east.
Baytown spokesman Jason Calder said there were downed power lines and damage to homes and businesses in Baytown, but there were no reports of serious injuries.
Footage from Houston’s KTRK television station shows damage to buildings and power lines in Pasadena, a city southeast of Houston. There were no reports of casualties.
The website PowerOutage.us, which collects live outage data from utility companies across the United States, reported about 123,000 Texas customers without power Tuesday afternoon, mostly in the area. Houston area and surrounding counties.
It was the start of what was forecast to be a stormy day along the Gulf Coast. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, shows areas along the coast from Houston to Florida panhandle tornadoes, strong winds and hail are expected Tuesday.
The storm system is also bringing snow and ice to much of the central United States.

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