Tornado in Northwest Houston Throws Trees 200 Feet, Causes Surprisingly Minor Damage

UPDATE 5/26: Residents of the Steeplechase subdivision in Northwest Houston were awakened by a small tornado. Breitbart News reports that most of the damage was to trees and fences while some homes had roof damage and broken windows. An apartment complex also received minor roof damage.

Bob Price reports, “Several residents of the subdivision were out on the streets helping each other clean up debris and cut up broken trees.  One pine tree had about the top 20′ twisted off by the storm. The treetop landed about 200 feet away in a neighbors yard. None of the trees fell through roofs and no one appeared to have been injured.”

UPDATE: Tornado Watch 216 remains valid until 2 am CDT Tuesday for the following areas in Southeast Texas this Watch includes 12 Counties; Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Jackson, Liberty, Matagorda, Waller, Wharton.

This includes the cities of: Alvin, Anahuac, Angleton. Bay City, Bellville, Brookshire, Cleveland, Columbus. Dayton, Eagle Lake, Edna, El Campo, Freeport, Friendswood. Galveston, Hempstead, Houston, humble, Katy, Lake Jackson. League City, Liberty, Missouri City, Mont Belvieu, Palacios. Pasadena, Pearland, Pierce, Prairie View, Richmond. Rosenberg, Sealy, Sugar Land, Texas City, Tomball, Weimar. Wharton and Winnie.

ORIGINAL POST: A tornado touched down near Prairie View this evening and is reportedly moving toward Conroe and The Woodlands. Whether you are in the path or not, watch out for signs of tornadoes in your area! Tips below …

  • Look for the following danger signs:
    • Dark, often greenish sky
    • Large hail
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
    • Loud roar, similar to a freight train.
    • If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately…


  • If you are under a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately! Most injuries associated with high winds are from flying debris, so remember to protect your head.
  • If you are in a structure, go to a pre-designated shelter area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls.
  • If you are in a trailer or mobile home, get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter.
  • If you are outside with no shelter, immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter. Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location. Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.

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