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An apparent tornado passed through southern parts of the Houston metro area Tuesday afternoon and caused extensive damage, marking the biggest impact so far of a massive storm system bringing inclement weather to much of the eastern half of the country.

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The scope of the tornado’s damage remains unclear, but some of the hardest-hit places appear to be in the cities of Pasadena and Deer Park, southeast of downtown Houston.

Authorities in Pasadena have been “inundated” by 911 calls as they respond to building collapses and gas leaks, with an official telling the Houston Chronicle damage there is “just catastrophic.”

The tornado caused a “structure collapse” at a nursing home in Deer Park, according to a tweet from a local fire department, which reported an ambulance had been sent to the facility.

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