In Van Vleck, Texas, recreational vehicles were flipped and structural damage was reported along a path approximately a mile long. The Associated Press said seven people were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries in the town of about 1,400 located some 70 miles southwest of Houston. Those injuries didn't appear to be serious, Matagorda County emergency management coordinator Doug Matthes told the Associated Press.
One such injury was a mother who shielded her children from the tornado as it flipped their mobile home, according to KHOU.com. She was hospitalized with a possible spine injury, but no additional details on her condition were released, the report added.
The National Weather Service surveyed the damage in Van Vleck and confirmed that it was caused by a tornado. The twister was given a preliminary rating of at least EF1.
"Tops of trees are twisted off and at least one home is completely torn apart," Matthes told the AP.
Southwest of Houston, roof damage to homes and businesses was reported near Stafford, Texas, due to a confirmed EF0 tornado, the NWS said. A third tornado, also rated EF0, was confirmed in Wharton, located northwest of Van Vleck.
An EF2 tornado was confirmed south of Rosenberg, Texas. Photos from the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office showed damage to the Bridlewood Estates subdivision, located east of Rosenberg, which was where the NWS found damage consistent with winds as high as 130 mph.
CenterPoint energy reported that nearly 21,000 customers lost power in the Houston metro area in the aftermath of the storms, but that number quickly declined. Students and teachers in Houston and Fort Bend were asked to shelter in place as the storms rolled through, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The severe weather threat ended for Houston Tuesday morning, but other parts of the Gulf Coast and Southeast could see more stormy weather through Wednesday.
CONDITIONS IMPROVE AFTER SEVERE WEATHER HITS THE HOUSTON AREA
Storms are moving out of the Houston area after severe weather tore through this morning.
The National Weather Service is investigating several reports of tornadoes from this morning's severe storms. Damage was reported in Fort Bend county, Galveston county, Wharton county, Matagorda county and Brazoria county.
Severe weather has completely moved out of our area. There are still a few lingering rain showers east of the Houston Metro Area. The rain will end in plenty of time for any evening Valentine's plans, and cooler weather will follow with temps in the 50s this afternoon. Lows tonight will dip into the 40s.
We will be treated a few nice, quiet, cooler days ahead before stormy weather chances return to the forecast over the weekend.