Severe thunderstorms, large hail and at least one tornado hit Texas on April 6 and 7, 2019, leaving at least one person injured and more than 175 000 customers without power. Severe weather continues over the country on April 8.
An 11-year-old girl was reportedly thrown back when lightning struck nearby water well in Dayton, TX. According to local media reports, the girl is in good condition.
Up to baseball-sized hail was reported in parts of the region, including Grapeland where several cars sustained massive damage.
Impressive Hail on Saturday •• Jacksonville (Amber Nicole) ◆ Jacksonville (Nicole Zimmerman) ◆ Elkhart (Phyllis Mikulak) ◆ Alto (Renee DeVille) @NWSShreveport • @NWSFortWorth #etxwx #txwx pic.twitter.com/QFos5A8I70— Doc Deason (@docdeason) April 8, 2019
NWS confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down in Pasadena Sunday afternoon. The twister first touched down at a business complex at Shaver St. and Edgebrook Dr. near South Houston High School, where it took 8 to 10 power poles and ripped off the back side of a vacant business, meteorologist Dan Reilly said.
"We do have broken poles, broken power lines down. We do have a building that's partially collapsed," said Pasadena Volunteer Fire Department assistant chief Art Aleman.
Destruction took on Central Texas after a tornado makes land fall in Sn Gabriel— KVUE (@_JuanRodriguez_) April 7, 2019
The oldest congregation in Milam County suffered extreme damage
I’ll take you inside San Gabriel Christian Church on @KVUE at 5:30pm pic.twitter.com/iHXmBybpMi
This family says their home may be a total loss after the possible tornado in San Gabriel. A 95 year old woman was inside at the time and thankfully she wasn't hurt. pic.twitter.com/0I1H2PfkJi— Adam Hammons (@AdamH_CBSAUSTIN) April 6, 2019
Time-lapse of tornadic supercell near Calvert, TX just after producing multiple brief tornadoes to the southwest. This video shows the advancing RFD gust front, with the circulation well to the north - see inflow band. @breakingweather @accuweather #txwx pic.twitter.com/IjBcDmw1Gt— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) April 7, 2019
Strong winds produced by the storm downed trees and power lines, leaving more than 175 000 homes and businesses without power.
More than 370 flights into and out of airports in Houston and Dallas were canceled as wind gusts reached 113 km/h (70 mph).
NWS forecasters said the low pressure over the Central Gulf Coast will slowly move eastward off the Southeast Coast overnight Tuesday, April 9. The system will produce showers and thunderstorms over parts of the Lower Mississippi and the Tennessee Valleys along with parts of the Southern Ohio Valley on Monday.
The showers and thunderstorms will move into parts of the Southeast/Southern Mid-Atlantic on Monday evening and move off the Southeast Coast overnight Tuesday.
Featured image credit: John Sirlin