National Weather Service issues storm warnings for East Texas

VIDEO: Flooding in Tyler

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - The National Weather Service issued weather warnings for portions of East Texas on Thursday.

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Cherokee and Smith counties through 5:30 p.m.

This is a developing story. Stay with KLTV and East Texas Now for updates. This story will update as new warnings are issued.

Traffic is also delayed in some cities. In South Tyler, several traffic lights are out. The police department issued an alert:

"Due to heavy lightning in South Tyler numerous traffic lights are out at intersections. Please use caution and treat it as a four-way-stop if no officer is at the location. The signal department and power company are aware of the outages."

Donald Martin, a public information officer for the Tyler Police Department, confirmed that lightning struck a building on Cumberland Drive between Brandon and Paluxy Thursday afternoon. No further details were available at 5;10 p.m. Thursday.

Power is out in the following areas:

Bullard/Flint area  - 3,021
Tyler, central - 1,364


Gregg County - 358

Possible hazards include hail damage to vehicles and wind damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

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