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Houston tornado: Destructive storm causes damage, downs power lines | Watch Live

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HOUSTON– A powerful storm system targeted the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, creating a tornado that caused damage east of Houston.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado emergency for the area and warned that a “large, extremely dangerous and potentially deadly tornado” was on the ground Tuesday afternoon and heading for Baytown, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Houston. The warning faded as the system moved east.

There were power lines and damage to homes and businesses in Baytown, but no reports of serious injuries, Baytown spokesman Jason Calder said.

Footage from Houston television station KTRK showed damage to buildings and power lines in Pasadena, a city southeast of Houston. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The website PowerOutage.us, which collects live power outage data from utilities across the United States, reported that about 123,000 customers in Texas were without power as of Tuesday afternoon, mostly in the Houston area and surrounding counties.

It was the start of what was expected to be a stormy day along the Gulf Coast. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma said areas along the coast from Houston to the Florida Panhandle could see tornadoes, strong winds and hail on Tuesday.

The storm system also brought snow and ice to much of the central US

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