Tornado reportedly touches down in San Jac Co.

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November 15, 2011 1:59:23 PM PST
Tuesday's storms brought rain and high wind to southeast Texas as well as a reported tornado sighting.

Earlier Tuesday, the NWS says doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 60 mph in northwest Houston and Harris County. At that time, the storm was near Bush-Intercontinental Airport near Aldine and moving north at 25 mph.

The tornado warning for Polk County and Trinity County expired at 3:30pm. The earlier tornado warnings for San Jacinto County and eastern Montgomery County were canceled.

The San Jacinto Co. Sheriff's Office says there have been no reports of any damage.

A severe thunderstorm watch was canceled for the Houston area at 3:44pm.

Timeline of tornado warnings around SE Texas

At 3:14pm, NWS doppler radar continued to indicate a tornado, located six miles northwest of Livingston, moving northeast at 25 mph. Other locations in the warning include but are not limited to Onalaska, Leggett and Seven Oaks.

At 2:58pm, doppler radar continued to indicate a tornado located near Lake Livingston State Park or 10 miles west of Livingston, moving north at 25 mph. Other locations in the warning include but are not limited to Onalaska, Leggett and Seven Oaks.

At 2:39pm, NWS doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado located near Coldspring moving north at 30 mph. This storm has a history of producing tornado damage.

The NWS says local law enforcement reported a tornado touched down at around 2:25pm at least two times across southeast San Jacinto Co. along Highway 105 and Lee Turner Road. This tornado was located eight miles southwest of Coldspring or 12 miles northwest of Cleveland, moving north at 25 mph.

Precautionary/preparedness actions for tornadoes:

  • The safest place to be during a tornado is in the interior hallway or a room such as a closet on the lowest level of a sturdy building. Use blankets or pillows to cover your body and always stay away from windows.
  • If you are inside a mobile home or vehicle. evacuate them immediately and seek shelter inside a sturdy building. As a last resort, seek shelter in a culvert, ditch or low spot and cover your head with your hands.
  • Please report severe weather to the county sheriff, local police, or department of public safety and ask them to relay your report to the National Weather Service.

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