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Tornado touches down off the freeway in Lake Charles in Louisiana

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Dramatic videos showed tornadoes in Louisiana and Texas, with one twister seen striking a powerline moments after touching down on a freeway, while another lifted an ATV into the air.    

One Twitter user driving on I-10 and Highway 62 near Lake Charles, Louisiana, shared the jaw-dropping clip around 11.30 am, CDT. Around 1.30 pm, the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch in the state for the areas of Pitkin, Elizabeth and Grant until 4 pm.

Another in Orange, Texas, captured an ATV flying through the air, after it was lifted off the ground by the force of the extreme weather event. 

Also in Lake Charles, at least one person was injured when 64 mph winds blew out the windows of a home, as social media photos showed lawns littered with debris.

Throughout Louisiana, 18,710 homes and businesses are without power as of 2.15 pm, according to poweroutage.us. In Cameron County, more than 60 percent of residents have lost electricity. 

This morning, more than 90,000 power outages were reported in Texas; now, as of 2.15 pm, 54,868 are still without power.

A line of thunderstorms, which will hit the strongest in Central Texas, will produce 40 mph winds with gusts up to 70 mph, pea-sized hail and frequent lightning. Then, the line will move to Paris, Athens, Mexia and Cameron

A line of thunderstorms, which will hit the strongest in Central Texas, will produce 40 mph winds with gusts up to 70 mph, pea-sized hail and frequent lightning. Then, the line will move to Paris, Athens, Mexia and Cameron

Around 1.30 pm, the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch in the state for the areas of Pitkin, Elizabeth and Grant until 4 pm

 Around 1.30 pm, the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch in the state for the areas of Pitkin, Elizabeth and Grant until 4 pm

The Twitter user driving on I-10 and Highway 62 shared the jaw-dropping clip of a tornado hitting a power line around 11.30 am, CDT

The Twitter user driving on I-10 and Highway 62 shared the jaw-dropping clip of a tornado hitting a power line around 11.30 am, CDT

Meanwhile, the service noted there were ‘multiple reports’ of damage in Mauriceville, Texas earlier today and at least three reports of tornadoes.

A Twitter user shared a video of an ATV that was picked up by the storm in Orange, Texas and sent flying  

Another snapshot of the tornado in Orange, Texas

Another snapshot of the tornado in Orange, Texas

Another snapshot of the tornado in Orange, Texas – this morning, the weather system left more than 90,000 without power throughout the state

In Houston, KHOU-TV captured video of a downed tree that collapsed into a home this morning as a tornado was reported in the town of Spring to the north, about nine miles from George Bush Intercontinental Airport. In Orange, Texas, KHOU-11 posted extreme footage of a roving tornado ripping trees from the ground.

In Houston, KHOU-TV captured video of a downed tree that collapsed into a home this morning as a tornado was reported in the town Spring to the north, about 9 miles from George Bush Intercontinental Airport

In Houston, KHOU-TV captured video of a downed tree that collapsed into a home this morning as a tornado was reported in the town Spring to the north, about 9 miles from George Bush Intercontinental Airport

A line of thunderstorms, which will hit the strongest in Central Texas, will produce 40 mph winds with gusts up to 70 mph, pea-sized hail and frequent lightning. Then, the line will move to Paris, Athens, Mexia and Cameron

A line of thunderstorms, which will hit the strongest in Central Texas, will produce 40 mph winds with gusts up to 70 mph, pea-sized hail and frequent lightning. Then, the line will move to Paris, Athens, Mexia and Cameron

A line of thunderstorms, which will hit the strongest in Central Texas, will produce 40 mph winds with gusts up to 70 mph, pea-sized hail and frequent lightning. Then, the line will move to Paris, Athens, Mexia and Cameron. 

At least two tornadoes were produced by the supercell thunderstorm in Texas, according to the Weather Channel.  

Up to 12 inches of rain could fall, the service predicted, with the potential for flash flooding and quarter-sized hail.

In Orange, Texas, KHOU-11 posted extreme footage of a roving tornado ripping trees from the ground

In Orange, Texas, KHOU-11 posted extreme footage of a roving tornado ripping trees from the ground

The storms are expected to move across Louisiana into Mississippi by this evening, then on to the Florida Panhandle, according to Weather.com senior meteorologist Chris Dolce.      

‘We’re basically just going to see a line of storms that move eastward,’ Dolce said. ‘There could be some supercells popping out of it.’

By Thursday, the severe threats will shift to the Southeast, looming over Central Florida and the Carolinas.        



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