Storms knock down trees, power lines in East Texas

Video: Storm rolling through Kilgore
A storm downed several trees in Kilgore on Tuesday afternoon. (Source: KLTV)
A storm downed several trees in Kilgore on Tuesday afternoon. (Source: KLTV)

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Several trees and power lines are down across East Texas following severe thunderstorms.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for several counties in East Texas, including Smith, Harrison, Rusk, Upshur and Gregg counties. That warning expired at 6:15 p.m.

This developing story will continue to update as new warnings are issued and expire. Stay with KLTV and East Texas Now for more details.

SWEPCO is reporting about 700 customers without power in Cass County, 100 without power in Rusk County, 300 without power in Titus County and more than 5,400 without power in Gregg County.

Longview police confirm trees are down in the northwestern part of the city near Gilmer Road but no roads are blocked.

In the city of White Oak, transformers are down near South White Oak Road. The White Oak Volunteer Fire Department reports trees are down throughout the city.

In the city of Kilgore, a utility pole was knocked down. Highway 259 near Stone Road is slightly blocked due to crews working to fix the damage.

The department said Highway 259 between Kilgore Street and Stone Road is temporarily closed due to an unstable utility pole. Low wires are hanging across the roadway and drivers are urged to avoid the area.

The pole is a Frontier Communications cable/internet pole. A utility crewmember said the company will replace the entire pole, which might take several hours. Service is not expected to be interrupted.

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