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More Tornadoes Confirmed As A Result of Wednesday’s Storms

Forecasters say there were two more tornadoes in east Harris County and another in Chambers County. An earlier tornado was confirmed near Bellaire.


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An EF-1 tornado damaged an awning at the Azalea Place Apartments near Bellaire.

It was an EF-1 tornado that damaged part of an apartment complex in southwest Houston, just off Bissonnet. Now forecasters are confirming there was more tornado activity as part of that storm system.

An EF-1 tornado tossed around cars Wednesday afternoon in Pasadena. Another EF-1 knocked over shipping containers in La Porte. There was also an EF-0 tornado near Dutton Lake in Chambers County.

Meteorologist Josh Lichter says in the case of those smaller tornadoes, they had to investigate the debris field to see what actually happened.

"If we have some kind of swirling going on, where they're facing in all different directions and it matches up with radar signatures, that helps us determining it was probably a tornado," explains Lichter.

Despite Wednesday's severe weather Lichter says we aren't seeing heavier than usual tornado activity. But when contrasting air masses collide in the early spring it makes conditions a lot more favorable.

"And you have situations where the storm systems organize in the right location and the right timing, that's when you're going to have these severe weather outbreaks," adds Lichter. "You have large hail, damaging winds, and multiple tornadoes."

Lichter says the region actually sees the most tornadoes in October and November.


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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

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From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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