Saturday, May 13, 2023 6:15PM
BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Authorities say one person is dead following a reported tornado early Saturday morning in south Texas near the U.S.-Mexico border.
Port Isabel Police Chief Robert Lopez reported one person was killed when the storm struck the unincorporated community of Laguna Heights at about 4 a.m. Saturday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Angelica Soria in Brownsville.
The City of Port Isabel confirmed in a statement that and 10 others were injured.
In a brief statement on Facebook, the Port Isabel Police Dept. confirmed injuries on the ground and that multiple structures had been destroyed:
“Crews are working to clear debris and downed power lines. At about 4 am, a tornado struck the Laguna Heights area. Multiple structures destroyed, and injuries were confirmed. Port Isabel Event Center is open for shelter.”
The NWS Brownsville Office dispatched a survey team to the area to determine if a tornado did in fact occur.
Police referred questions to the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office, which declined to comment.
Cameron County Emergency Management officials did not return a phone call for comment.
Soria said a weather service investigator was assessing damage to confirm if a tornado caused the damage and death.
The storm follows an outbreak of dozens of tornadoes in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado that caused damage but no reported deaths.
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