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High winds, possibly a tornado, cut a swath along FM 1819 in Angelina Co.

ANGELINA CO. (KTRE) – The storm clouds, high winds and rain have passed and residents in Angelina County are evaluating the damage and making repairs.

One of the hardest hit areas in Angelina County appears to be along FM 1891 and Choppin Road.  The landscape is littered with uprooted trees.  The Old Redtown School, which is now a church and adjacent to the Redtown Senior Citizens Center had roof damage.  Volunteers spent Friday replacing carpet in the Senior Citizens Center which had damage from the heavy rain earlier this week.

Tree cutters were called to a resident on Choppin Road where high winds knocked over trees and caused damage to a home and adjacent workshop.  Another resident in the 34-hundred block of FM 1819 was using a tractor to clear his yard of heavy trees knocked down by the severe storms.  Still at another residence in the 15-hundred block of Choppin Road fallen trees were strewn all across yards, including one tree which had fallen on a pickup truck parked in a driveway.

The sidelines along FM 1819 looked like a tornado, or something close to it, cut a path down both sides, snapping the tree tops and pulling other trees up out of the ground, exposing their roots.  There are no reports of severe injuries.  One resident mused, "It's a miracle no one was hurt or killed."

Just from the looks of things, it appears the sounds of chain saws, tractors and axes will be heard for several days in this area, as residents try to restore some sense of normalcy to the area.

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