LATEST: Severe weather in East Texas, multiple outages still reported

Published on Friday, 28 March 2014 21:26 - Written by From Staff Reports

A severe storm that brought heavy rain, wind and hail to East Texas on Friday evening knocked out electrical power to thousands of residents. The city of Tyler currently still has multiple intersections with power outages due to the weather, according to Sgt. Paul Robeson.

About 27,000 customers of Oncor in East Texas are currently without power; of those, 11,000 are in the Tyler-Jacksonville-Palestine area and the remaining 16,000 are in Lufkin and Nacogdoches.  This information was provided by Charles Hill, eastern region customer operations manager for Oncor, told the Tyler Morning Telegraph.  It is anticipated that everyone's power will be restored in approximately 24 hours. 

In East Texas, 1,200 Swepco customers were reported to be out of power; 630 customers in Rusk County were out; and 114 customers in Panola County and 456 customers in Franklin County were without power, according to KYTX CBS19.Staff Reports.

Palestine police reported numerous trees down, some having fallen on roads.

There are also downed power lines on streets in Tyler, along with stop lights out as well. Police officers are working these locations.

Sgt. Robeson asked motorists to use caution when driving on the city steets due to the power outages and obstructed roads.

The Tyler Police Department would like to remind drivers that when approaching an intersection with no power or malfunctioning signal lights, they are required to stop, proceeding only when it is safe to do so.