The Harris County Sheriff’s Department is “responding to a high number of stranded motorists,” Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted. The department had prepared its high-water rescue vehicles ahead of the storm, he said.
The police department in Pasadena about 15 miles southeast of downtown Houston said it was “aware of a tornado touching down on the south east side of our city,”
There have been reports of “several commercial trucks overturned” near Beltway 8, the beltway around the city of Houston, the department said, and some power lines were reported to be down.
A tornado emergency was declared earlier Tuesday for the southeastern metro area of Houston where “a confirmed large and destructive tornado was observed over northwestern Pasadena, moving northeast at 60 mph,” according to the National Weather Service in Houston.