Significant damage is being reported in eastern Texas after severe storms roared through the area. A tornado was reported in the Seven Oaks area in Polk County, about 80 miles northeast of Houston. The storm reportedly damaged homes and knocked down trees. At least three people died and as many as 30 people were hurt. The National Weather Service earlier said it was a "large and extremely dangerous tornado."
Governor Greg Abbott said his office is working with local authorities to determine what support they need to recover from the storms.
"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," said Governor Abbott. "The state has already deployed response teams and medical resources to help Texans in need and to provide assistance to these communities. 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."
Texas Division of Emergency Management field staff, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, Texas Department of State Health Services ambulance services, and additional medical resources are already engaged within the community and additional assistance is en route. The state stands ready to engage with additional resources as severe weather continues to impact parts of Texas this evening.
Additional agencies involved in the response effort include the Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Military Department, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas A&M Engineering and Extension Service, Texas A&M Task Force One and State Mass Care Team.