An ‘extremely dangerous’ tornado hit East Texas Wednesday night.
At least ten individuals are injured, and two are dead. There are still exact estimates of people who were injured or killed in the storm.
At around 8:00 p.m., the tornado that the National Weather Service described as “life-threatening” and “highly dangerous” was affected—passed through the counties of Jasper and Newton north of Houston.
The Texas Transportation Department estimates that the storm damage in Onalaska has forced the closure of Farm Road 356. Power was out for around 9,000 people in the region because of disruption to power lines.
Medical And Emergency Teams
“The State has already mobilized medical and emergency teams to assist and protect Texans in need. Our hearts are with the Texans today, and the government will continue its best efforts to support those affected,” Governor Greg Abbott said in a Wednesday statement.
Tornado watches were also released in western-central Louisiana for southern Vernon Parish.
Oklahoma was also the location for tornadoes on Wednesday as two people in Marshall County were reportedly killed. According to the Emergency Management Department of Oklahoma, more than 7,000 residents in the State were helpless due to the storm. The tornado destroyed at least 12 houses in Oklahoma.
The storms of Wednesday were the result of a system passing through the South Plains on Tuesday before the warm air arrived from the Gulf of Mexico.
Texas is known as Tornado Alley, according to the NOAA, as part of an area noted for its vulnerability to severe storms.
While the boundaries of Tornado Alley are debatable (depending on which parameters you apply – frequency, strength, or events by unit area), Tornado Alley is sometimes referred to as the NOAA map, from central Texas to northern Iowa, and from central Kansas and Nebraska to east western Ohio.
Together with Tornado Alley, several countries in the Southeast of the United States make up so-called Dixie Alley.