Tornadoes Reported in Houston, Northwest Louisiana

January 11, 2022

At least two tornadoes touched down in the Houston area over the weekend as storms brought high winds and heavy rains, damaging homes and businesses and causing flooding.

Most of the damage from the storms that came through Saturday night was in Harris, Montgomery and Liberty counties, according to National Weather Service officials.

An EF1, which has estimated wind speeds of 73 miles per hour (117 kilometers per hour) to 112 miles per hour (180 kilometers per hour), was confirmed to have touched down in Humble, while an EFO was confirmed in Montgomery, said National Weather Service lead forecaster Brian Kyle. An EFO has estimated winds of 40 miles per hour (64 kilometers per hour) to 72 miles per hour (115 kilometers per hour) .

He said officials were still surveying damage to in a couple of other areas to determine if there were other tornadoes as well.

In Humble, located just north of Houston, the metal roof from a business crashed into a road, hitting a couple of homes, KTRK-TV reported.

Robert Andrews told the television station that the roof barely missed the bedroom where he was sleeping.

“It was a massive sound. They always say, `It sounds like a freight train,’ and you’re like, `Yeah, sure.’ That sounded like a freight train hitting a brick wall,” Andrews said.

A suspected tornado destroyed a mobile home and injured five members of a family in rural northwest Louisiana on Sunday, authorities said.

The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office said the storm was reported in the Peason community. It damaged or destroyed 15 homes, five barns and numerous sheds and vehicles. It also downed trees and knocked out power in the area.

The conditions of the injured in Sabine Parish were not immediately known. There were no reported fatalities.

The storm hit Sunday morning and was part of a system of stormy weather that moved across parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama during the day. Tornado watches stretched across a broad swath of south Mississippi and Alabama on Sunday evening.