NWS confirms Pearland tornado
Updated On: Jan 26 2012 07:12:30 AM CST
The National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday that an EF-0 tornado moved through Pearland, damaging several businesses and homes.
The storm touched down at FM 518 and Highway 35. The rest of the damage in Pearland is due to straight-line winds.
About five businesses and nearly 20 homes near Main Street were damaged.
Many people said they saw what appeared to be a funnel cloud.
"The main thing you saw was the wind," witness Dejuan Lyles said. "You could barely see the funnel cloud. It was really, really, really dark."
Lyles lives across the street from a Chevron gas station that sustained quite a bit of damage. He pulled out his cellphone to snap photos and get video of the storm.
"I saw the roof spin off and fly off the building, so we hurried up and tried to get inside," Lyles said.
That roof was ripped off a building, twisted and thrown hundreds of feet.
"It hit our restaurant," said Irenda Gomez, who works at Los Brother's restaurant. "It hit the top of it because we felt the shake."
Just outside the Busy Bee Restaurant on West Broadway, a large tree snapped in two.
"Our dishwasher came running in, 'Oh my gosh you guys, the tree just fell down,'" Andrea Woods, a waitress at the restaurant said.
A sign on the restaurant said it's been a Texas tradition since 1935, and some would argue the trees have been there that long too.
"It was sad," Woods said. "I like that tree, I'm a big fan of that tree."
No injuries were reported.