Mayra Jimenez’s trailer flattened entirely, moving off its base and scattering in pieces over the land behind it. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. By 6:11 p.m., reports of damage began pouring in, according to statements from the county’s emergency management office. They recalled an ordeal that seemed to last forever but probably took place over the course of a few minutes, and illustrated the moments when they heard the tornado tear through their individual homes. HEAR their story. likes, dislikes, news of activities for Onalaskans, fun stuff, happy thoughts. In a stark reversal from the past several weeks, barely a mask was in sight after the storm. Video Shows Tornado Touching Down in Oklahoma A series of tornadoes tore through Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Texas, killing at least six people. She said the wind lifted the baby, but she clung tightly. Among the dead was Taylor Holbert, the man on the makeshift stretcher. Few houses in the Yaupon Cove neighborhood emerged unscathed. David Maynard sifts through the rubble searching for his wallet Thursday, April 23, 2020, after a tornado destroyed his home on Wednesday in Onalaska. NO POLITICS!! James Bryan wipes his brow as he works to clean up damage Thursday, April 23, 2020, after a tornado destroyed homes Wednesday night in Onalaska, Texas. Residents were warned of the storm’s approach through a reverse 911 alert, Murphy said. Nita Bryan walks through her heavily damaged bedroom Thursday, April 23, 2020, after a tornado ripped through the area on Wednesday night in Onalaska, Texas. The homes are smaller and older on the outskirts of the neighborhood and increase in size approaching Lake Livingston. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. A man gasped for breath, sprawled out on a door that had unhinged in the wind and served as his makeshift gurney. He worked over three years as an Industrial Specialist. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. Copyright 2020 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. Shelton said there were a lot of powerlines and trees that were downed by the twister. A man walks past an overturned trailer Thursday, April 23, 2020, after a tornado ripped through the area on Wednesday in Onalaska, Texas. The Astrodome renovation plan, without funding or Hidalgo’s support, is all but dead, Internet roasts Sen. 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Otherwise, she knew there was little else she could do. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. “When we got in the bathtub, the roof left. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice identified Holbert and his 27-year-old partner, Brooke Ivey, as prison employees and two of the victims. Move over, tiny homes. Nita Bryan, who lives on a street north of Yaupon Cove, said her husband threw his body into her to keep her from being pulled into the wind. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. Onalaska is … At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. In Onalaska, about 85 miles north of Houston, the twister damaged 291 homes, Polk County Judge Sydney Murphy said. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. The Robins family owns one of the 46 houses thought to be beyond repair. Damage from an apparent tornado in Onalaska, Texas, is seen from above Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Down the winding streets of the Yaupon Cove neighborhood where they live, homes and trailers mirrored similar points of destruction. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. Several people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. THERE ARE PLENTY OF OTHER BOARDS FOR THAT. On April 22, a tornado touched down on the west coast of Lake Livingston in San Jacinto County. The apparent tornado that tore through the East Texas town Wednesday night injured three of the vessel’s passengers, and they needed aid quicker than they could find it. “I’ve had hurricane damage, but not this,” the 72-year-old said. April 23, 2020, 1:00 PM Social media pictures and video show extensive damage in Onalaska, Texas, which is around 90 miles north of Houston. Robin Black walks past a doorway as she sifts through the rubble of her home Thursday, April 23, 2020, after a tornado ripped through the area on Wednesday in Onalaska, Texas. See photos from the scene sent in by KPRC 2 viewer, Ian Shelton: Sky 2 flies over tornado damage in Onalaska in Polk County. They rescued their neighbors, they mourned the loss of their homes, they got ready to rebuild. Duke Drewry’s roof came clean off. Polk County Judge Sydney Murphy has issued a Declaration of Disaster for the severe storms that struck Polk County this evening. “All I can say is the grace of God was on me.”. VIDEO: Residents describe terrifying moments they saw a tornado touch down in Polk County Wednesday. You can see this in the radar animation below, when a strong tornado was ongoing near the hook echo in Onalaska, Texas. The tornado sliced the community horizontally, the once towering pine trees now crisscrossed over yards and cutting some houses down the middle. It’s unclear how large the tornado was, but the county judge said it had a wide swath. Thursday morning, they assessed the wreckage as two poodles pawed over shingles and branches in the yard, and friends traversed the second story under an open sky. “This community is now facing two disaster declarations at the same time, because amidst the COVID pandemic, we are having to try to assist people who are in serious, serious distress,” Murphy said. “This place had beautiful memories,” she said. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. The streets in their Onalaska neighborhood were impassable. 372 South FM 356 P.O. While some noted emergency notices flashing on the TV, many residents only became aware of the tornado because of the suddenly dark sky and a rumble that could only be described as one that sounded like a train overhead. … Later Thursday, search and rescue teams continued additional passes in neighborhoods, primarily to assess homes’ infrastructure. Debbie Burns, 55, said she felt her house lift. Drone footage shows aerials of Onalaska, Texas tornado destruction Aerials of Onalaska, Texas show the aftermath of a deadly tornado that ripped through the Polk County town, which is … Winds reached 140 mph in a deadly tornado that tore through the city of Onalaska on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. 2 of 43 Nita Bryan is reflected in a broken mirror as she surveys the damage Thursday, April 23, 2020, after a tornado destroyed home Wednesday night in Onalaska, Texas. Like many, she said, she is in shock. She will likely have to demolish her home. “My office, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, and other state agencies are working with local officials to provide immediate support to the areas devastated by this tornado,” Abbott said in the release. … The National Weather Service said the “confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado” touched down at about 6 p.m. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city Wednesday night. A tree is shown fallen through the roof of a house on Thursday, April 23, 2020, after a tornado ripped through the area Wednesday night in Onalaska, Texas. Just hours after the tornado ripped through the area, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a statement. Josh Valderez helps salvage items out of Julie Black's home after a tornado ripped through the area on Thursday, April 23, 2020 in Onalaska, Texas. Maynard was inside his home when the tornado devastated the area. POLK COUNTY, Texas — An EF-3 tornado ripped through Onalaska, Texas in Polk County Wednesday, killing three people and injuring 33 others. Residents described the area as a sort of retreat — a place where many people retire or stay on the weekends. A flag is placed in the roots of a fallen tree on Thursday, April 23, 2020, after a tornado ripped through the area Wednesday in Onalaska, Texas. PHOTO: People embrace after an apparent tornado touched down, April 22, 2020, in Onalaska, Texas. A command post was set up at the Onalaska Fire and Rescue as first responders worked to rescue trapped residents and assess the damage. Chris Wheeler carries a piece of furniture out of a home that lost its roof on Thursday, April 23, 2020, after a tornado ripped through the area Wednesday night in Onalaska, Texas. Get the forecast for today, tonight & tomorrow's weather for Onalaska, TX. (NWS Houston/Galveston WFO) Análisis de la atmósfera capturado por una radiosonda de la Universidad Texas A&M el 22 de abril de 2020. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. A home is heavily damaged Thursday, April 23, 2020, after a tornado ripped through the area Wednesday in Onalaska, Texas. Hi/Low, RealFeel®, precip, radar, & everything you need to be ready for the day, commute, and weekend! Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Byron Lyons said a good amount of damage has been reported in the Onalaska area and Seven Oaks areas. The community has no public siren. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. The twister damaged at … Michael LaPoint carries clothes out of his damaged home Thursday, April 23, 2020, after a tornado ripped through the area on Wednesday in Onalaska, Texas. ONALASKA, Texas – At least 20 people were injured and three people were killed after a tornado ripped through multiple neighborhoods in Onalaska in Polk County Wednesday evening, according to the Polk County Office of Emergency Management. Brenda Avila, left, Janet Flores, Mayra Jimenez and Maria Jimenez, standing, take a break from searching through Mayra Jimenez' destroyed home on Thursday, April 23, 2020, after a tornado ripped through the area Wednesday night in Onalaska, Texas. As of 7 a.m. Eastern time Thursday, there had been 24 tornadoes reported across Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Louisiana. 'It was horrific': Tornado devastates small Texas town of Onalaska. Thusrday morning wreckage from the tornado that ripped through the small East Texas city of Onalaska, about 85 miles north of Houston. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. David Maynard sifts through the rubble searching for his wallet Thursday, April 23, 2020 in Onalaska. As metal prices rise during COVID, theft of catalytic converters skyrockets, 3 Harris County defendants no longer to face death penalty prosecutions, Woman dies in accidental shooting at north Houston home, As Texas leaders claim COVID vaccines are sitting on shelves, hospitals and pharmacies beg for more. The twister left significant damage in its wake, downing trees and power poles and destroying multi-level homes. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. Preliminary info shows deadly, destructive Onalaska tornado hit EF-1 and EF-2 wind speeds Three people were killed in the hardest hit area of … Polk County Emergency Management said anyone who might need shelter is asked to go to Dunbar Gym in Livingston as the schools in Onalaska have lost power. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. There are still tornado watches in effect until 2 p.m. for Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Courtney Burton carries items as she helps her parents salvage what they can from their heavily damaged home Thursday, April 23, 2020, after a tornado ripped through the area Wednesday night in Onalaska, Texas. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. He told KPRC 2 he saw at least a dozen homes with severe damage. Julie Black stood on a slab of her former home on the same street, recalling the moment when she lay over her son in the bathtub to protect him. Johnny Michael helps cut down a tree that fell into his uncleÕs home during WednesdayÕs tornado, Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Onalaska. An Oak Creek Home is still standing after a deadly tornado touched down in Onalaska, Texas, just 90 miles north of Houston, on April 22, 2020. Loretta Moehle takes a break on the steps of a friends house on Thursday, April 23, 2020, after a tornado ripped through the area and destroyed several homes in Onalaska, Texas on Wednesday night. Residents reported being rescued from their homes on Wednesday night. Maynard was inside his home when Wednesday's tornado devastated the area. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. She later interned for the Houston Chronicle’s metro desk and Austin bureau and was a reporting fellow for the Dallas Morning News’ state bureau. National Weather Service storm spotter Ian Shelton told KPRC 2 he started chasing the storm in the early afternoon. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. At least five people were rescued in Canyon Park and officials said at least two of the people were in critical condition. A woman received medical attention after an apparent tornado touched down Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in Onalaska, Texas. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. “You’re at the Lord’s mercy.”. Three people died and 20 to 30 people were injured in Onalaska, Texas, the Polk County Office of Emergency Management said in a statement. The third victim was identified only as a man in his 50s. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. Samantha Ketterer is a reporter on the Houston Chronicle’s breaking news team. A dog walks past overturned trailers Thursday, April 23, 2020, where a tornado ripped through the area on Wednesday in Onalaska. YouTube Tornado damage in Onalaska, Texas On Wednesday, a tornado hit eastern Texas, causing serious damage throughout Onalaska, in Polk County. Samantha graduated from the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Journalism, where she started her reporting career working for The Daily Texan. Reports of damage have not yet been made available. When the wind slowed, Jimenez looked up and saw they were still on the couch, possibly 50 feet away from where it normally sat. The twister struck just as the community of about 1,800 residents was dealing with the novel coronavirus. When he got to Onalaska, the tornado had already ripped through the area. At least three people were killed and up to 30 people were injured Wednesday as a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. Just about an hour after the tornado in Madill touched down, the same storm system also deposited a deadly tornado near the town of Onalaska in southeast Texas… Brett Coomer and Julian Gill contributed to this report. For a night, the small community forgot about the international pandemic. David Maynard sifts through the rubble searching for his wallet Thursday, April 23, 2020, after Wednesday night's tornado in Onalaska, Texas destroyed the home. She joined the staff in 2018 after covering tourism and Galveston City Hall for The Galveston County Daily News. Thusrday morning wreckage from the tornado that ripped through the small East Texas city of Onalaska, about 85 miles north of Houston. The siren did sound at the emergency management office, she said, when authorities were discussing the novel coronavirus. The tornado was one of several storms that also struck Oklahoma and Louisiana, killing at least four more. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. Box 880 Onalaska, Texas 77360. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. City of Onalaska, Texas. “It’s gone.”. “The state has already deployed response teams and medical resources to help Texans in need and to provide assistance to these communities. Shingles started falling on us.”. Emergency response crews are on scene. U.S. Texas Tornado Storm Weather A devestating twister struck eastern Texas on Wednesday evening, causing widespread damage across Onalaska, Polk County. This webpage will be updated with more information about the storm as we learn more, including the results of today's damage survey. “I couldn’t do anything to help him,” Debbie Robins said. Meteorologists first warned of the tornado around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. A deadly tornado went straight down the middle of the Yaupon Cove subdivision on the northeast shore of Lake Livingston near Onalaska shortly after 5:00 Wednesday evening. Multiple agencies including the Texas Department of Public Safety, the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office are enforcing blockades, assessing damage and helping residents in the area, Shelton said. Nita Bryan is reflected in a broken mirror as she surveys the damage Thursday, April 23, 2020, after a tornado destroyed home Wednesday night in Onalaska, Texas. Onalaska Tornado Update . Neighbors gather on the front lawn of a heavily damaged home on Thursday, April 23, 2020, after a tornado ripped through the area Wednesday night in Onalaska, Texas. Damage to Tab PetriÕs storage business is seen in the aftermath of WednesdayÕs tornado, Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Onalaska. Tab PetriÕs surveys what is left of his storage business in the aftermath of WednesdayÕs tornado, Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Onalaska. Standing yards away from a spot where the kitchen wall flipped upside down and landed against a tree, Jimenez, 40, described shielding her 10-month-old granddaughter from the overpowering tornado. A separate storm which appeared to have a tornado on the ground tore through the counties of Tyler and Jasper. Julie Black, who survived Wednesday night's tornado by sheltering herself in a bathtub, shielding her baby with her body, works to salvage items out of her home Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Onalaska, Texas. The National Weather Service in Houston was sending experts to the site Thursday to confirm the tornado and assess the damage to determine how strong the winds were. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. Onalaska, in Polk County, is … At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. The COVID-19 case count — at 17 and no deaths — isn’t as high as other areas, but residents remain vigilant and practice social distancing, Murphy said. “Last night, people were hugging each other because we were just happy to be alive.”. Michael LaPoint, left, and his friend J.R. Cantu salvage what they can out of LaPoint's destroyed home Thursday, April 23, 2020, after a tornado ripped through the area on Wednesday in Onalaska, Texas. Maria Jimenez looks through the rubble of her sister's home searching for family photos and other family heirlooms on Thursday, April 23, 2020, after a tornado ripped through the area Wednesday night in Onalaska, Texas. Robin Black walks through the rubble of her home as Rhonda Woods and Annie Woods sit on a couch Thursday, April 23, 2020, after a tornado ripped through the area on Wednesday in Onalaska, Texas. According to the ABC13 weather team, the last time a deadly tornado hit Southeast Texas was in Tomball in April 2016. It’s the first deadly tornado in … People toss a mattress out of a house that lost its roof Thursday, April 23, 2020, after a tornado ripped through the area Wednesday night in Onalaska, Texas. Residents sift through the rubble of a home after Wednesday's tornado ripped through the area on Thursday, April 23, 2020 in Onalaska, Texas. It crossed the lake and struck the city of Onalaska and continued across much of Polk County. An elderly woman who narrowly escaped being flattened by her house’s collapse sat alongside a neighbor who happened to be a nurse as two others steered the boat. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. A boy on the boat screamed in pain as his grandmother offered comfort. Michael LaPoint, right, takes a drink of water a he and his friend J.R. Cantu, left, salvage what they can out of LaPoint's destroyed home Thursday, April 23, 2020, after a tornado ripped through the area Wednesday night in Onalaska, Texas. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. Maria Jimenez sorts through family photos found in the debris of her sister's destroyed home on Thursday, April 23, 2020, after a tornado ripped through the area Wednesday in Onalaska, Texas. She and her family tried recovering what they could on Thursday, but it was hard to get through the rubble. Bruce Davis, left, and Courtney Burton work to salvage what they can from Davis' heavily damaged home Thursday, April 23, 2020, after Wednesday night's tornado in Onalaska, Texas. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. The family hunkering down inside was unharmed! The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is saddened to announce the deaths of two employees as a result of the Polk County tornado. (Jason Fochtman/Houston Chronicle via … At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. “It was horrific,” she said, a mask covering her face. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. “Last night, nobody was concerned about the coronavirus,” said Kip Robins, who helped load the group of seven onto the boat but didn’t cross the lake. Three people died, and 33 were injured. Mayra Jimenez carries a box of her belongings from her destroyed home on Thursday, April 23, 2020, after Wednesday night's tornado ripped through the area in Onalaska, Texas. ONALASKA — A crowd of seven traveled across Kickapoo Creek in a pontoon boat, rushing to a road where they could call an ambulance. At least three people were killed and more than 30 people were injured when a tornado ripped through the small East Texas city, about 85 miles north of Houston. Our hearts are with our fellow Texans tonight and the state will continue to do everything it can to support those affected by this severe weather.”. 'Barndominiums' have arrived to the Houston area. At least three people were killed when the apparent tornado touched down about 6 p.m. Wednesday near Onalaska, the Polk County Emergency Management System said in a statement. Damage from a tornado is seen in the Yaupon Cove subdivision in the aftermath of Wednesday’s tornado, Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Onalaska. A small Texas community near Lake Livingston is still reeling Thursday after a deadly tornado ripped through homes on Wednesday, killing at least three people and injuring dozens more. Not everyone made it. 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