Possible tornado blasts through Sealy, causing major damage

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Storm rips roof off sports bar
Residents cleaning up after a possible tornado ripped through the area.

SEALY, Texas (KTRK) -- Residents in Austin County are still dealing with the aftermath of severe storms that caused major damage to homes and and businesses on Tuesday afternoon..

I-10 at Rexville Road was still shut down until early this morning after the storm downed power lines and overturned an 18-wheeler on the highway, just west of Highway 36.

Traffic was backed up for miles behind the closure on both eastbound and westbound lanes as police refused to allow drivers to go backwards to exit the highway.

"The car started shaking from the wind," said Yolanda Rico, who was stranded on I-10 for eight hours. "The rain started to hit, and couldn't see in front of us. Pulled over."

Residents are working to cleanup after a major storm hits Austin County on Tuesday afternoon.

David Mitchell, who was also stuck on the highway, said he experienced straight line winds as traffic came to a standstill.

This morning, all Sealy ISD schools and offices are closed as cleanup continues, according to the district's Facebook page. And Brazos ISD announced that they will delay the start of classes until 10 a.m.

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Centerpoint Energy said about 5,000 homes remained without power earlier this morning.

At one home, we saw part of the roof ripped out and insulation strewn across the yard. There are also a significant amount of tree damage across Sealy.

VIDEO: Overturned 18-wheeler in Sealy

Severe storms overturned 18-wheelers in Sealy.
Heavy winds toppled 18-wheelers and caused damage to building in Sealy.

Power poles were snapped in half by what authorities believe may have been a tornado touching down at Highway 36 and FM 3013, and a roof was blown off of a building in downtown Sealy.

Near the intersection of FM 3013 and FM 3538, the mangled remnants of a small building sat devastated by the storm.

PHOTOS: Storm damage across SE Texas

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SkyDrone13 over storm damage in Sealy

At the Walmart on 300 Meyer N. Meyer St., heavy winds tossed around large trucks, turning them onto their sides and pushing them into neighboring vehicles.

Unspecified damage was also reported at Sealy High School at 2372 Championship Drive.

Video from Rosenberg shows golf ball-sized hail and rain falling in sheets. The National Weather Service measured 60-70 mile per hour gusts across Fort Bend County. Fort Bend sheriff's deputies are investigating unconfirmed reports of a tornado touching down in Simonton.

VIDEO: ABC13's Chauncy Glover reports from Fort Bend County

Storm causes damage in Fort Bend County, Chauncy Glover reports.

VIDEO: Hail in Rosenberg

Viewer video shows hail falling in Rosenberg.

In the Sienna Plantation subdivisions of Missouri City, residents experienced heavy rain.

VIDEO: Rain in Missouri City

Severe weather strikes Sienna Plantation in Missouri City.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport was placed under a ground stop for less than 30 minutes, and flights are experiencing delays averaging 45 minutes. Hobby Airport was minimally impacted, according to an Houston Airport System spokesperson.

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