Gregg County residents deal with damage after severe thunderstorm

Gregg County residents deal with damage after severe thunderstorm
(Source: KLTV News Staff)
(Source: KLTV News Staff)
(Source: KLTV News Staff)
(Source: KLTV News Staff)

GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Residents in parts of East Texas are spending their Fourth of July cleaning up in the aftermath of a severe thunderstorm.

The storm brought straight-line winds of up to 60 mph, causing power outages and knocking down trees.

White Oak resident Tom Moore spent most of his morning cleaning up debris one branch at a time.

"Well, I don't mind picking up limbs if we can get the rain and the cool breeze. July and August is tough in East Texas," Moore said. "We got a lot of rain, no big limbs down. I'm thankful for that."

Others weren't so lucky. Just down the road, Longview resident Robert Miller stood in awe of a large tree torn up from the roots that was lying across his yard. It fell just opposite of his house.

"If somebody would have ever told me this tree would come down I would laugh at them," Miller said. "I just thank the Lord that the house was saved."

For others around Moore's neighborhood, the strong wind did even more damage.

It smashed through the roofs of houses and nearly crushed one family's storage shed, which held pictures and other sentimental items.

All who were impacted say they're just thankful that no one was hurt.

More than 1,300 customers in Gregg County are still without power. SWEPCO says they expect to have it fully restored by 10 p.m.

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