Earlier today winds tore through Tyler, bringing down power lines and even breaking windows. It rained so hard that drains could not keep up with it. The winds caused the most damage. In Tyler, the north-bound lanes on South Broadway were closed for about an hour.
"At a little bit before 7 o'clock when the winds blew we got a call about three to four power poles down here on South Broadway," said Mickey Haisten Senior Captain, Tyler Police Department. "When we got here we had these power poles out here leaning. One of the street lights is out." In Tyler, the storm snapped large trees, leaving a trail of debris. The wind even stuck one local elementary school. The roof at Pete's Elementary was damaged, but workers say it was not that bad and should be fixed in time for school on Monday. The owners of "Truck Accessories" in Tyler may have to wait a little longer to see their damage fixed because winds knocked out four windows from the building.
"We are putting up plywood and securing the building right now," said Benny Cutright, Cutright Glass. "Next week we will change it out." The Tyler Fire Department says it got calls all afternoon about trees and power lines being down. The fire department says if you have a tree down near a power line you should call 911 as soon as possible.