Severe weather causes power outages, debris across East Texas

Impacts from Sunday's severe weather were visible across East Texas

People across East Texas experienced the impacts of Sunday's severe weather firsthand in the form of power outages and debris.  

 

 "The rain was just pouring down. You couldn’t even see nothing," resident Nilene Shipp said 

 

"When we pulled into the yard, I noticed the trees had been broken down. Our swimming pool, which is back here behind me, was thrown clean across the yard."  

 

Shipp was not alone. Multiple incidents of downed trees were reported Sunday, blocking roads and knocking over power lines.  

 

According to Oncor Customer Operations Manager Charles Hill, 14,500 customers were without power in Smith County. 

 

This did not go unnoticed by business owners at the Village at Cumberland Park. Power at the center was out for over an hour and a half, impacting busy weekend traffic.  

 

"Sunday is probably the third highest volume, so for any restaurant, for any retail business, having business out on a Sunday is never a good situation," Menchie's Frozen Yogurt owner Caryl Whittington said. 

 

"It's a little bit of a stressful situation, you know. We have frozen yogurt and we know that we have a great quality product here and we want to keep it that way." 

 

A similar situation occurred for moviegoers in the shopping center, where power was also out.  

 

"They said it would have to be thirty minutes before we could actually buy a ticket for the movie. The lights flickered off again so we'd have to wait another thirty minutes," resident Ariel Chandler said.  

 

Resident Tyrone Ward said the inconvenience was understandable.  

 

"Just disappointed that we didn't get a chance to see the movie, but you know these types of things happen and we understand," Ward said.  

 

As of Sunday evening, 200 residents in Tyler were still experiencing power outages. According to Oncor, 2,000 customers in the Palestine and Anderson County areas as well as 3,000 in Lufkin were also without power.  

The company said they expect power for the remaining customers to be restored by early Monday morning. 

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