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Extreme storm damage leaves thousands without power for nearly 24 hours

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60 mph winds have broken tree limbs, downed power lines and left thousands of homes across East Texas without power.

Local electric companies say they are working around the clock to bring power back to those homes and are also cleaning up fallen tree limbs.

"We've been out of power for 20 hours and have been sitting in the house with some flashlights and some candles, just trying to figure out how we are going to charge our phones and get connected to the world," said Crawford Bobbitt, a resident in Overton.

Bobbitt is just one of thousands of East Texans who has been without power for several hours.

"At the height of this storm, we had 4,200 customers out of power," said Charles Hill, the Regional Customer Operations Manager at Oncor.

It's been a long process for Oncor.

The company says they are working around the clock to bring power back as soon as possible.

"We have had trees that have fallen across our power lines and we have wire down. Our guys are having to come in and move trees and trim them. Then they come back and have to pick the wire up or replace the wire," said Hill.

It was a storm that caught many off guard.

"The lightning was really bad. It was striking out in the pasture and back next to the pool and just got really bad," said Bobbitt. 

Strong winds blew many trees down.

"When the giant tree in our backyard snapped, it sounded like a huge pencil that somebody just snapped in half," said Bobbitt.

Many East Texans had to manage the extreme summer heat without power.

"Last night I slept in the bath tub because it was cooler. It is metal and from all the conduction, it was a whole lot cooler than sleeping in a bed," said Bobbitt.

Oncor says there are ways to proactively minimize storm damage.

"Make sure that your trees are trimmed and if you see one that's dead on your property or near your property and you think would take down our lines, call us and let us know. We will take a look at it," said Hill.

Oncor expects electricity to be back on for all of their customers Friday night.

They say if you are still without power you're encouraged to give them a call.

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