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Emergency services in the Houston area say they are responding to reports of damage and stranded motorists after a possible tornado tore through the area.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Department is “responding to a large number of stranded motorists,” Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted. The department had prepared its high water rescue vehicles before the storm, he said.

The Pasadena Police Department, about 15 miles southeast of downtown Houston. saying was “aware that a tornado was touching down on the southeast side of our town,”

There have been reports of “several commercial trucks overturned” near Beltway 8, the beltway around the city of Houston, the department saidand some power lines were reported to be down.

“Our officers and the Fire Department are working to help those immediately affected,” the department tweeted.

More than 116,000 electric customers lost power in Texas on Tuesday afternoon, according to PowerOutage.us.

A tornado emergency was declared Tuesday for the southeast Houston metropolitan area, where “a confirmed large and destructive tornado was observed over northwest Pasadena moving northeast at 60 mph,” according to the National Weather Service in Houston.

Other locations in the path of this tornado included Deer Park, Baytown, Highlands and Channelview, according to the weather service.

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