The National Weather Service reported that a potential tornado touched down in Laguna Heights, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley on Saturday morning, leaving at least one person dead and numerous more hurt.
The Port Isabel Police Department verified there were casualties on the ground and that numerous buildings had been destroyed in a statement on Facebook. Laguna Heights will not be open to vehicular traffic.
“Crews are working to clear debris and downed power lines,” the statement said. “At about 4 am, a tornado struck the Laguna Heights area. Multiple structures destroyed and injuries confirmed. Port Isabel Event Center is open for shelter.”
ABC News confirms this news on their official Twitter account:
One person was killed and multiple others were injured Saturday morning following a possible tornado that touched down near Laguna Heights, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley, the National Weather Service says. https://t.co/5ME0HVobPV
— ABC News (@ABC) May 13, 2023
Traffic on Highway 100 will be diverted onto Highway 48.
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In Deep South Texas, the likelihood of showers and thunderstorms will rise on Saturday and throughout the weekend. The wettest weather is predicted for Saturday and Sunday.
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