1 dead, several injured following possible tornado in Rio Grande Valley: NWS

Port Isabel police confirmed injuries and damage on the ground.

At least one person was killed and several others injured Saturday morning following a tornado in the Rio Grande Valley near Laguna Heights, Texas, the National Weather Service said.

In a statement on Facebook, the Port Isabel Police Department confirmed there were injuries on the ground and several structures were destroyed. No traffic is allowed through Laguna Heights.

“Crews are engaged in clearing sinkholes and downed power lines,” the statement said. “At 4:00 a.m., a tornado touched down in the Laguna Heights area. Several structures were destroyed and injuries confirmed. The Port Isabel Event Center is open for shelter.”

Drivers on Highway 100 will be detoured onto Highway 48, police said.

The storms could bring damaging winds, large hail and scattered tornadoes to South Texas, and there is a high risk of flooding. A flood watch is in effect A large area stretching from the southern tip of Brownsville, Texas, to central Oklahoma through Sunday afternoon, the NWS said.

Chances for showers and thunderstorms will increase across Deep South Texas Saturday and into the weekend. Heavy rain is expected from Saturday to Sunday.

This is a growing story. Check back for updates.

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