A tornado ripped through Orange, Texas, causing blinding booms and rendering motorists speechless.
The twister passed in front of motorists throwing large debris about like it was confetti.
Mary Phan said she was driving along the Interstate when she observed the twister.
“It was much closer to me than the video is showing,” she said. “It was scary, and I thought about driving off the road to get away from it.”
The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for the area at 7:54 a.m. Wednesday morning, warning residents in the surrounding villages of widespread wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour, and isolated hail, reported Kxan.
Tornado watches have been issued across the state by the National Weather Service.
At 4 p.m., the tornado watch was lifted. Orange is now assessing the damage that has been left in its wake.
Thousands of people across Texas were without power as a result of the storm, according to Weather.com.
Homes in Newton County were damaged, and trees were felled. In addition, there were several reports of damage in Mauriceville.
According to meteorologist Chris Dolce, reported The Sun, storms are expected to hit Louisiana, Mississippi, and the Florida Panhandle in the following days.
He added: “We’re basically just going to see a line of storms that move eastward.
“There could be some supercells popping out of it.”
Every year, approximately 132 tornadoes strike Texas. More tornadoes have been documented in Texas than in any other state, earning it the moniker “Tornado Capital.”
Tornadoes are most common in the Red River Valley in North Texas.
The hurricane season lasts from June 1 through to Nov. 30, with Texas being hit hard by tropical storms on a regular basis.
While tornado season is usually from May to June, severe weather can occur at any time.