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Power still out in more than 700 ETX homes after Thursday's storms


Crews with Oncor are still working Friday morning to restore power to more than 700 East Texas homes.

Oncor officials said the outages were widespread across the area, but most homes without power Friday morning were in eastern Smith County and western Rusk County.

As of 8 a.m., there were no major SWEPCO outages to report. Crews reported between 115 and 165 homes without power in the early morning hours Friday.

Oncor crews worked through Thursday night to restore power to more than 1,500 customers.

Around 1,000 of those customers were in the Whitehouse area, and lost power when sudden storms moved through Thursday evening.

One of the hardest hit neighborhoods was the Waterton subdivision.

"We've been through worse storms and nothing's happened, so we wish we knew why it happened and why it's taking so long," said Catherine Gaertner, a Waterton resident. "Although we are lucky. I mean, it did break the 100 degree heat and it's not too humid right now. Could be worse."

Oncor officials tell KLTV 7 they expect power to be fully restored by mid-morning Friday except in extenuating circumstances where homes have been damaged.

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