Severe thunderstorms and a tornado warning blanketed much of the Houston area on Saturday.
Around 3 p.m., the National Weather Service (NWS) reported a tornado sighting. 2 miles northeast of Aldine, on HWY 8, near Bush Intercontinental Airport-Houston.
A FOX viewer captured and uploaded what looks to be such a sighting on social media. The National Weather Service confirmed that Houston was hit by an EF-0 tornado on Sunday, which meant winds of up to 85 mph.
After midnight, severe flash floods and tornado warnings were issued in several portions of southeast Texas. Residents of Humble and Montgomery, Texas, were jolted awake by a tornado that ripped through the area overnight Sunday, destroying several structures, trees, and power lines.
A tornado struck Humble and Montgomery, Texas, overnight Sunday, causing damage to multiple structures, trees, and electrical lines in the area.
The tornado near Humble was classified as an EF-1 by the National Weather Service, which means it had powerful winds of up to 110 miles per hour. Although no injuries were recorded, employees worked many hours clearing the streets and removing downed trees and debris.
A tree fell in the front yard of one property on the 7600 block of Pine Hollow, for example. A number of other trees were felled in the North Hollow neighborhood.
“The house just shook when it happened and this was like around 1:30 a.m., almost 1:40 a.m.,” Priscilla Mara, a North Hollow resident said. “We were just watching movies, actually. So when that happened, it just, it gave us a big fright, like it scared us to death.”
A second tornado struck Montgomery County, which the NWS classed as EF-0, which means it was less violent than the one near Humble because the winds were significantly less, reaching 65 miles per hour.
Around 10 p.m., it made progress. Our cameras captured roof damage, perimeter fences, and trees that had been knocked down in multiple areas. As a result, about 4,700 people were left without power.
An EF-1 tornado also slammed the Kingwood neighborhood, according to survey teams.
When the tornado struck on Sunday, Craig Tatom, his family, and friends were standing in front of his in-laws’ house.
“You started hearing everything hitting the roof … pelting. It sounded like, man, that’s not hail … then just crashing everywhere,” Tatom said.
Tatom and his nephew are now cleaning up the mess caused by the tornado.
“It’s been a great effort. A good, collaborative community effort. Similar efforts just like we had in Harvey,” Joshua Bloom said.
“It’s unbelievable with the hurricanes we’ve seen in the last 20 years or whatever, they don’t even compare hardly to what we saw last night,” Kingwood resident Mike Willcox said.