Severe weather causes destruction in southeast Texas amid tornado outbreak

Tuesday saw the first tornado emergency on record for southeast Houston.

January 25, 2023, 2:26 PM

Severe weather caused significant damage across southeast Texas on Tuesday amid a tornado outbreak in the Gulf Coast region.

Southeast Houston reported its first tornado emergency on record. A high-end EF-2 tornado swept through the area with winds up to 135 mph.

PHOTO: In this screen grab from a video, power lines are down in Deer Park, Texas after a storm, on Jan. 24, 2023.
In this screen grab from a video, power lines are down in Deer Park, Texas after a storm, on Jan. 24, 2023.
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A "large and destructive" tornado was confirmed moving over Deer Park, in the Houston metro region, around 2:30 p.m. local time, the National Weather Service said.

The agency later warned of a "large and extremely dangerous tornado" that was confirmed over Pinehurst, near the Texas-Louisiana border, around 4:30 p.m.

Several communities in the Houston region were conducting rescues and surveying damage as the storm moved through the area.

PHOTO: In this screen grab from a video, power lines are down in Deer Park, Texas after a storm, on Jan. 24, 2023.
In this screen grab from a video, power lines are down in Deer Park, Texas after a storm, on Jan. 24, 2023.
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Pasadena officials said 911 call centers were inundated, with reports of building collapses, gas leaks and downed power lines.

At least one non-life-threatening injury was reported, which was "unbelievable" considering the "amount of damage," Pasadena Fire Chief Lanny Armstrong said during a press briefing.

Bayville officials reported several building collapses and a structure fire Tuesday afternoon. Multiple power lines were also downed and at least one home was damaged, officials said.

There were 18 reported tornadoes across three states -- Texas, Louisiana and Florida -- on Tuesday.

The same storm system is now bringing heavy snow to the Midwest and Northeast. Twenty-two states are on alert for snow and wind.

ABC News' Melissa Griffin contributed to this report.

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