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Severe Storms Bring Tornadoes, Flooding to Houston Region

25 January 2023, Wednesday
Reports of a tornado impacting Deer Park and Pasadena were made by officials. Damage from a tornado was also seen in Pearland.

On Tuesday, severe weather moved through the Houston region, sparking reports of tornadoes in the area.

Officials confirmed that a tornado touched down in Deer Park and Pasadena, located south east of Houston. Additionally, the City of Pasadena stated on its official Twitter page that there had been some damage to the areas of Beltway 8 at Genoa Red Bluff, Fairmont Parkway at Mickey Gilley Boulevard and Burke at Crenshaw.

Thankfully, no reports of serious injuries or fatalities have been made.

While at work, Deer Park resident Ashley Lucky was informed of the severity of a tornado that passed near her home. Reports of downed fences, destroyed trampolines, and trees scattered across the neighborhood were circulated. In addition, the area was left without electricity and cell phone service. Lucky commented that, according to some of her neighbors, the sound of the tornado resembled that of a freight train. Fortunately, Lucky was not present for the experience and thanked her luck for the same.

The Pasadena Police Department reported on Twitter that a number of power lines were down and commercial trucks overturned in the vicinity of Beltway 8 and the intersections of Fairmont Parkway and Vista Road. According to the Space City Weather editor Eric Berger, tornado winds can be as strong or stronger than those of a Category 4 or Category 5 hurricane and are capable of lifting or rolling vehicles and damaging structures, as well as taking off roofs.

The Atascocita Fire Department dispatched its ambulance bus to respond to a structure collapse caused by a tornado at the San Jacinto Manor nursing home in Deer Park. Reports of damage from a tornado striking Pearland also were made, with video evidence from storm chasers. 

On Tuesday afternoon, after the storm had passed, Lucky from Deer Park noticed the community coming together to clear up debris and make repairs. “The community is coming together, though, and doing really awesome at getting everything cleared up,” she said.

Chemical Corporation Shell declared on Twitter that steam shortages caused by the storm had forced them to flare gas from their Deer Park location. Additionally, there is no evidence of a tornado striking the premises.

Houston was hit with a severe storm Tuesday which resulted in power outages and flaring at a local chemical plant.

According to Shell Oil Company, the power outages caused flaring at its Deer Park manufacturing complex, located in the city's east. The company confirmed that the flares were burning off material in order to protect the equipment and ensure the safety of the community.

“There is no threat to the community,” said Shell representative. “We are taking measures to reduce any noise, light or smoke produced by the flaring activity. It is expected to be ongoing until the units are restarted.”

In addition to the power outages, the storm also caused structural and street flooding in Harris County, home to Houston. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez posted on Twitter that his deputies were assisting drivers in the north and northwest parts of the county who were stuck because of the flooding.

Floods hit Greater Houston, with Fort Bend County and the Conroe and Woodlands areas to the north of the city being particularly affected. Power outages were experienced in the region due to the storms, with over 100,000 customers seeing their electricity service interrupted and restored by 3:40 p.m. At the same time, more than 102,000 homes in the area still had no power.

Air traffic to and from both Bush Intercontinental and Hobby airports ceased as the most intense weather hit. By 4:30 p.m., the average delay for outbound flights from Hobby was estimated to be around one hour while inbound flights to Bush had an approximate wait time of two hours.

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