Severe storms left homes in Baytown damaged, without power, and gas line ruptures

Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Severe storms left homes in Baytown damaged and without power
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CenterPoint Energy crews fixed a ruptured gas line that ignited a fire near an auto repair shop, destroying a nearby resident's home.

BAYTOWN, Texas (KTRK) -- As severe storms made their way across the Houston area, residents in Baytown were left without power, and the aftermath destroyed homes on Tuesday.

"We're very fortunate that no one is hurt with the amount of damage," Ryan Tucker, with the Baytown Fire Department, said.

SEE ALSO: Thousands of Houston-area CenterPoint Energy customers without power during severe weather

Tucker said at least 15 structures were affected by the dangerous storms, and thankfully there were no reported deaths.

A four-inch gas line ruptured and caught fire near an auto repair shop.

CenterPoint Energy crews isolated the gas line, so people in the area now have gas. A resident's home was destroyed due to the fire, officials said.

Police told Eyewitness News that power lines, trees, and fence lines were also damaged in Baytown.

WATCH: CenterPoint Energy crews could be seen working to fix a ruptured gas line

Baytown gas station destroyed after severe storms

A Valero gas station off of North Main Street near I-10 was demolished after a tornado swept through Baytown.

The canopy of a diesel pump station completely blew off, according to the store manager.

"When the tornado hit us, it was like a hit and run," the manager said. "Everything was gone."

A man nearby in a white pickup truck told Eyewitness News he got lifted several feet off the floor, but his truck did not turn over.

READ MORE: Photos and video show severe storm damage and flooding from Tuesday's event

WATCH: Elementary school student describes sheltering from the tornado