Storms sweep through East Texas causing outages, downed trees

Storms sweep through East Texas causing outages, downed trees
Red Springs, on FM 2710 near FM 14. (Source: Picasa)

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Thousands of East Texans are without power this evening because of storms in the area. There are no warnings at this time, but the weather statement released at 9:26 p.m. is as follows:

SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SOUTHERN RUSK...NACOGDOCHES... SHELBY...NORTHWESTERN ANGELINA...NORTHERN SAN AUGUSTINE... NORTHWESTERN SABINE AND CHEROKEE COUNTIES UNTIL 1015 PM CDT... At 926 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along a line extending from near Frankston to 7 miles south of Reese to near Rusk to near Douglass to near Nacogdoches to 7 miles northeast of Martinsville to 7 miles northeast of Shelbyville. Movement was southwest at 40 mph. Also, winds ahead of this line along the gust front may produce winds near 40 mph. Winds in excess of 40 mph will be possible with these storms. Locations impacted include... Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Jacksonville, Rusk, Center, Hudson, San Augustine, Logansport, Alto, Tenaha, Garrison, Joaquin, Wells, Martinsville, Trawick, Mount Selman, Pollok, Sacul, Shelbyville and Douglass.

According to SWEPCO, about 17,000 homes and businesses are in the dark.

The main areas affected include the Longview, Kilgore and Marshall areas.

ONCOR is also reporting thousands without power.

According to its website, they have nearly 12,000 homes and businesses in the dark.

Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative reports 1,200 members without electricity.

Upshur Rural Electric Cooperative has about 9,908 customers without power.

Wood County Electric Cooperative reports 4,735 customers affected by an outage.

To check out Oncor power outages or to report one-- https://stormcenter.oncor.com/external/default.html

To check out Swepco power outages or to report one-- http://outagemap.swepco.com.s3.amazonaws.com/external/default.html

Trinity Valley’s outage center is here: https://www.tvec.net/outage-center/

Wood County Electric is at this link: http://outagemap.wcec.org/#viewer-menu-parent

Kilgore Police report a tree down on Hwy 42, south of Goforth Road.

Also, Rusk County Office of Emergency Management says some roadways have trees and power lines down throughout the county. If you don’t have to drive, you should stay home to avoid these situations.

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