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5/30/2007-East Texas

Storms Rage Through East Texas

Heavy storms raged across East Texas Wednesday.  KLTV went all over East Texas, following the storm with pounding rain, lightning, thunder, hail, and very strong wind gusts.

First we went West to Wills Point where we met Cate Anderson who was trying to get to Quinland with her horse named 'Hawk'. "Day before yesterday I tried to bring another horse over here but same problem," then she described what Hawk was feeling during the storms, "He's not used to traveling anyways. Just stays most of the time. He does not like thunderstorms, he's afraid of them."

From Wills Point we headed East to Interstate 20 and Highwawy 69. There we saw many drivers who pulled over to wait out the brunt of the storm.

"Waiting it out a little while. Letting it blow over. It's pretty bad out there," said Tom Boise who was traveling through East Texas to Arlington.

We got into Tyler as the storms blew through. McCoys Building Supply off Loop 323 received a good pounding. 

"I was unloading shingles off a truck and it started getting windy and everything. All of the sudden I started simplank fall off the top and there was damage and stuff," Josh Burks McCoy's Employee told KLTV, "We had tin that was flying everywhere it was pretty bad. When it started really after everything was flying and everything we all went inside and got out of the lightening and wind."

Along Interstate 20 near Longview truck drivers described the rough road conditions.  "Lots of heavy rain, I've seen a little bit of hail, there was a little bit of hail coming out of Shreveport, lots of real serious wind that can cause people to lose control, this is pretty dangerous situation when these storms roll through,"John Nichols a truck driver told KLTV, "been a lot of officers having to work a lot of accidents and there's a couple back up the road there. People just following too close and quite often they cut in front of trucks and trucks can't stop real quick. So it's dangerous."

With the rain comes the accidents. One of those accidents was on Interstate 30 near FM 1402. Nicholas Liu hydroplaned, his car went into the median; and he hit a light pole. "It was pretty scary, but I mean I was going backwards so I didn't really know what was going on" he told KLTV.

Overall despite, a very strong storm East Texas was spared from extensive damage.

We're told the City of Tyler responded to six accidents, only one was serious. DPS responded to 12 accidents all of those were minor.

Danielle Capper, Reporting. dcapper@kltv.com

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