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KLTV 7's Courtney Lane reports from Jacksonville

Cherokee County and Jacksonville got pummeled by the storm this afternoon.

KLTV 7's Courtney Lane was there all day Saturday and tells us what it's like there.

When Hurricane Ike started rolling through Jacksonville today he packed a pretty good punch. Winds were already up to 45 to 50 miles an hour with stinging rain this morning, and it was enough to snap trees, topple power lines, and knock out power to some areas.

When the eye of hurricane Ike ripped through this area, he caused much more damage than that.

"Came another puff of wind and it blew it down."

It had to be some very powerful winds to uproot this huge old tree, bringing it crashing down on Joan Holcomb's house.

"Oh, it sounded like it was crashing. I thought that it's crashed the roof in."

What that damage is they're still not sure.

Holcomb is waiting on a crew to assess the damage to her roof, but fortunately, she doesn't think it's that severe.

Holcomb did says the tree had been there since she moved in in 1968, and that's not the only one we found.

 "We came outside and the tree went boom."

In another Jacksonville neighborhood, we arrived as crews were chopping up this tree that fell, blocking off a residential street.

"I heard thunder and cracking in the tree."

"I didn't want it to be a storm or a tornado or a hurricane."

"It's been blowing very heavy and trees have been falling down as you can see. Overall it's what the storm brings but we're still living."

Lawrence Davis says he's been through several hurricanes in his life.

"Been through a lot worse but this is pretty bad for Jacksonville. It's not used to the wind and everything."

And there are those winds. As the strongest part of the storm moved through... It delivered some powerful gusts, like when we were interviewing Lawrence's wife.

Earlier Saturday afternoon, ONCOR says 4,000 homes in Jacksonville were without power.

"I just hope the electricity comes back on pretty soon, that's my only deal."

But everyone we talked to is just grateful that it wasn't worse.

"I was just thankful that we didn't get the damage that they got on the coast."

Courtney Lane, reporting. clane@kltv.com

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