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Tornado blows by Kingwood, little damage reported, but it's another edgy weather day in a year packed with misery

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Damage in Humble caused by high winds Photo via Channel 13/Houston

This intermittently torrential downpour has been long awaited. But in this year of extremes in Houston, if it's not dry conditions and fire danger, it's something else.

Tuesday's storm system brought a cold front across the states, and with it the threat of tornadoes and severe weather.

KTRK Ch. 13 is reporting that a tornado touched down in Atascocita this afternoon, taking down trees and power as it moved at 20 mph toward Humble and Kingwood. Luckily, little damage was recorded:

Humble ISD told Eyewitness News that trees are down around Willow Creek Elementary School, Riverwood Middle, Shadow Forest Elementary. Power is out at most of the schools. The kids are there, but there are no reports of injures. No damage at [Creekwood] Middle.

The district says no buildings are reporting damage, but that homes around Willow Creek Elementary appear to have suffered some damage.

Several other tornadoes have taken shape on the radar through the afternoon, and hail and damaging winds look to be a possibility throughout Tuesday evening. Counties throughout the Houston area and those to the east are under a tornado watch, tentatively until 8 p.m.

In case you have forgotten, FEMA has a helpful hints for staying safe during a tornado. If inside, go to an interior room "away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. . . Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck."

If outside or driving, find the nearest ditch or depression (not near an overpass or bridge), lie flat and "cover your head with your hands."

Stay safe out there. With the way Houston weather's gone this year, who knows what's coming next?

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