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Tornado touches down in College Station
A tornado touched down in College Station Friday afternoon, causing extensive damage and at least one injury, officials said.
About 3:15 p.m., witnesses began spotting the tornado near Longmire Drive and F.M. 2818.
Most of the damage seemed to be centered around the Doux Chene Apartment complex in the 2100 block of Harvey Mitchell Parkway, where several roofs had collapsed.
Area businesses also were affected by the powerful storm. The roof at China King Buffet in the 2400 block of Texas Avenue was damaged and windows there were blown out, said Bart Humphreys with the College Station Fire Department. Two people at the restaurant were cut by flying glass and were treated at the scene.
Several other bussiness in the Kroger shopping center at 2200 block of Texas Avenue were affected by the tornado including a report of a gas meter which was ripped out by wind.
There also was damagae reported at Goody’s, Ross and Wolf Pen Car Wash.
The tornado was related to a powerful storm system that wreaked havoc in Central Texas throughout Friday, officials with the National Weather Service said.
The warmer, wetter weather is typical of an El Nino winter, said Wendi Wong, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Storms are expected to continue through Friday night but should clear by sunrise Saturday, she said.
Police and emergency volunteers were working Friday afternoon to search buildings and set up assistance for those with damaged homes and businesses.
In a press release issued Friday afternoon, Master Officer Rhonda Seaton, spokesperson for the College Station Police Department, asked that all residents refrain from unnecessary travel this evening, due to the threat of further bad weather and the need for emergency crews to access damaged areas.