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Severe weather threat moves east after tornado in Texas

PASADENA, Texas (AP) – A winter storm that brought severe weather to the Gulf Coast and winter precipitation to the north moved east Wednesday, causing widespread damage in the Houston area and injuring three people in Louisiana.

Forecasters declared a rare tornado emergency for the Houston area on Tuesday as the storm system moved through the heavily populated area. There was significant damage in cities east of Houston, but no injuries were reported.

Three people suffered “minor to moderate injuries” when their mobile homes were damaged or destroyed after a tornado touched down in the Morel Lane area north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Wednesday’s storm is expected to bring damaging winds to parts of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, forecasters said. Winter weather warnings extended from Missouri south to Maine, with 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 centimeters) of snow expected in New England areas, the National Weather Service said.