Texas residents watch as tornadoes rip through southeastern edge of state, videos show

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Storms dropped tornadoes in southeast Texas and Louisiana Wednesday, damaging dozens of homes and leaving thousands without power.

At least one woman was reported injured in Louisiana and 28,000 homes and businesses in Texas were without power as of 5:30 p.m. CDT, according to The Weather Channel.

About 16,000 outages are being reported in Louisiana, with almost all concentrated to the Lake Charles area, where a confirmed tornado left 15 to 20 homes with major damage, Dick Gremillion, Calcasieu Parish director of emergency management, told weather.com.

Several Texans shared their own close encounters with the storms Wednesday.

As a tornado ripped through Orange County, about 35 miles west of Lake Charles, Mary Phan captured it all on video as she attempted to drive down Interstate 10.

Phan told Storyful she originally thought the storm was a fire.

“It was much closer to me than the video is showing,” she said to the news site. “It was scary, and I thought about driving off the road to get away from it.”

Phan’s video shows power lines and debris fly through the air as a large funnel cloud makes it way through the Texas skyline ahead.

Near Rainbow Bridge in West Orange a city in Orange County, Donavon Watson was seeing a similar sight.

In his video, Watson clearly shows the Rainbow Bridge at one side, and the tornado approaching in the distance on the other.

Many parts of Texas were hit with heavy rain and strong winds, including Harris County, KHOU reports.

Meteorologists say the storms will continue to move east through Louisiana before heading to Mississippi and other Gulf Coast states, the Weather Channel said.

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