Two people died and at least seven others were injured in a tornado-warned storm in the Houston suburb of Conroe, Texas, on Tuesday afternoon.
A house under construction collapsed during the intense storm, killing the two people in the Ladera Creek Trace housing development, Conroe fire officials told KPRC-TV in Houston. Conroe is about 20 miles north of the Houston metro area.
Further information has not been released about the victims or their ages.
Severe thunderstorms, including one capable of producing a tornado, moved through the area around 3:30 p.m. CDT, according to the National Weather Service. Several residents said they observed a tornado touch down in the Conroe-Huntsville area.
“There is a tornado in our area right now. One has touched down in Huntsville and Conroe is under a tornado warning,” Congressman Morgan Luttrell, whose district includes Conroe, posted on Facebook as the storm was underway. “Hoping everyone stays safe and this passes quickly.”
Damaging winds blew down trees, including a large one that fell on an apartment building in Huntsville, according to photos posted to social media.
Just before 4 p.m., Huntsville Independent School said that it was keeping students at the transportation department offices due to extensive damage in certain subdivisions.
Produced in association with AccuWeather
Edited by Arnab Nandy and Virginia Van Zandt
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