Tornadoes, heavy snow rumble through Texas

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 25, 2012 at 4:02 pm •  Published: December 25, 2012
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At least two tornadoes — products of the cold front colliding with the warm Gulf air — touched down in East Texas in Trinity and Houston counties, Carbin said Tuesday. Initial reports said no one had been injured, but at least one building in Crockett had been damaged.

Beaumont police and Carbin said a third tornado was spotted in Beaumont, but did not cause any damage. Downed trees and small hail were reported in East Texas.

"That's what it takes is that contrast between the cold very dry air and the warm moist air that is readily available or at least never far away from the Texas Gulf Coast," Carbin said.

At the storm system's peak, 21 counties in Texas, including the city of Houston, were under a tornado watch.

Centerpoint Energy listed on its website that more than 20,000 customers remained without power in the Houston area just before 4 p.m. Entergy reported on its website that nearly 20,000 of its customers in East and Central Texas, as well as parts of Louisiana, were without power.

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Associated Press writer Janet McConnaughey contributed to this report from New Orleans.

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