Tornado seen in Baytown, Texas as storm cell heads toward Lafayette

BAYTOWN, Texas (KPEL News) — There are multiple reports of a tornado making landfall in Baytown, Texas as a powerful storm cell pushed across state lines into Louisiana.

That cell, which led to several school districts announcing early closures Tuesday over concerns for the safety of students and faculty, has so far produced large gusts and at least one tornado.

Deer Park, Texas reportedly suffered the worst storm damage. It looks like the tornado started there, entered Baytown, and then lifted off. Multiple images and videos on social media show heavy rain and damage across the region.

“Extreme Meteorologist” Reed Timmer has been following the storm across Texas and has posted live updates on his Facebook page, including this 5-minute video of the damage in Southeast Texas.

According to KPLC in Lake Charlesthe storm makes its way into Louisiana, devastating several areas in the southwest of the state.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the communities of North West Cameron and South West Calcasieu until 4:45pm. Severe storm near Silsbee, TX, moving northeast at 30 miles per hour. A tornado watch also remains in effect for the area until 6:00 p.m. Stay tuned to KPLC for the latest weather updates. Wind gusts in excess of 60 miles per hour will accompany this storm as it enters the western communities of Calcasieu and Cameron. Take shelter in a stable structure until these storms pass.

Recent radar updates in the central Acadiana region show severe storm conditions moving across the region that could generate even more tornadoes, the authorities said the latest weather warnings.

Damaging winds and some tornadoes remain a possibility today along the upper Texas coast and will extend eastward across coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle tonight.

The trail of storms will sweep through Acadiana, and the strongest storms are yet to come.

A concentrated area of ​​tornado potential currently exists near the Houston area near the warm front and surface low. Extreme pressure drops ahead of a storm line with 2-hour falls of 8 mb were noted over the area. Shear remains quite strong with an effective SRH of over 500 m2/s2. Additionally, surface/boundary layer winds are intense, which will increase relative storm inflow. Therefore, the risk of a tornado and damaging winds may increase over the next few hours. A strong tornado is possible depending on the storm mode and access to the warm side of the warm front.

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