UPDATE: The tornado warning has been canceled.
A tornado warning has been issued for downtown Houston and other areas nearby, including the cities of Bellaire and Pasadena, forecasters say. People in the area are urged to take shelter immediately. (more)
The tornado warning was issued at 10:29 a.m. CT on Wednesday when the National Weather Service detected a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado. The storm was located over Braeburn, or near Bellaire, moving northeast at 25 miles per hour.
The tornado warning is in effect for: Pasadena, northern Missouri City, Stafford, Bellaire, West University Place, Galena Park, Jacinto City, Hunters Creek Village, Bunker Hill Village, Piney Point Village, Midtown Houston, Downtown Houston, Northside / Northline, Greenway / Upper Kirby Area, Second Ward, Greater Heights, Neartown / Montrose, Greater Eastwood, Near Northside Houston and Greater Fifth Ward.
The warning, which covers an area with an estimated population of more than 1.6 million people, is expected to expire at about 11 a.m. CT.
"TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows," the National Weather Service said. "If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris."
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Published on March 29, 2017 - 11:45am EDT