At least 3 dead after ‘large and extremely dangerous’ tornado rips through Deep East Texas

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POLK COUNTY, Texas (KETK) – Officials are working to clear the aftermath of a ‘large and extremely dangerous’ tornado that ripped through Polk County around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The Polk County Emergency Management Office reported three people died in the storm, but did not identify them. A Facebook post only said they were a female in her 20s, a male in his 50s, “and another male for which we do not have an age range at this time.”

At least 30 people were injured. The Red Cross is providing shelter for 28 county residents whose homes were damaged.

According to the Angelina County Emergency Management Office, 46 homes in Onalaska were destroyed and 291 damaged.

The Polk County Emergency Management has been activated with a command post set up at the Onalaska Fire and Rescue.


Onalaska Junior and Senior High Schools also opened up as shelters for residents who lost their homes.


Anyone wishing to volunteer services is asking to contact the Polk County Emergency Operations to provide your information. (936)327-6826.


The Polk County Emergency Management Office has announced several ways you can donate to help those who have lost their homes.

Disaster Declaration

Judge Sydney Murphy issued a local disaster declaration after the tornado ripped through Onalaska and due to the “significant threats to life, health, and property.”

Polk County Disaster Declaration April 22

Gov. Abbott’s Response

Just hours after the tornado tore through, Gov. Abbott issued a statement saying his office is working with local officials to support residents.

“Last night’s tornado caused significant damage and led to tragic loss of life within these communities, and our hearts continue to be with Texans affected by these devastating storms. The State of Texas and Polk County officials have been working closely together to ensure recovery resources are available and utilized within the communities ravaged by this tornado. We will continue to do all we can to give Polk County residents the support they need as they recover from this severe weather.”

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