Stuck drivers and reported damage after possible Houston-area tornado

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Emergency responders in the Houston area say they are responding to reports of damage and stranded drivers after a possible tornado passed through the area.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Department is “responding to a large number of stranded motorists,” Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted. The department prepared its rescue vehicles in high water ahead of the storm, he said.

The police department in Pasadena, about 15 miles southeast of downtown Houston said was “aware of a tornado hitting the southeast side of our town,”

There were reports of “several commercial trucks overturned” near Beltway 8, the Houston city ring road, the department saidand some power lines were reported to be down.

“Our officers and the Fire Department are working to help people who were immediately affected,” the department tweeted.

More than 116,000 electrical customers were without power in Texas as of Tuesday afternoon, according to

A tornado emergency was declared Tuesday for the southeastern Houston metro area, where “a confirmed large and destructive tornado was observed in northwest Pasadena moving northeast at 60 mph,” according to the National Service. of Houston Meteorology.

Other locations in the tornado’s path include Deer Park, Baytown, Highlands and Channelview, according to the weather bureau.

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