Severe wind causes fire, outages and injury across East Texas

High winds in East Texas down trees and power lines and cause one serious injury

High winds blew through East Texas, leaving several cities with outages, grass fires and one severe injury. 

An elderly woman is hospitalized after being electrocuted from a fallen power line. The unidentified 86-year-old woman from Noonday is being treated for second and third degree burns at Dallas Parkland Burn Hospital after she came in contact with a downed power line caused by a fallen tree.

 

Emergency crews responded to the woman's home located in the Noonday area on County Road 1131 and County Road 1130. Officials say the 86-year-old woman was attempting to put out a small fire when she stepped on the power line suffering an electrical shock.

Smith County EMS and Dixie Volunteer Fire Department also responded.

"My first call was that we had a power line down and possible contact with a member of the public," said Charles Hill with Oncor. 

 

Tom Trimble is the Oncor Area Manager over Jacksonville and Athens.

 

He said there were several outages caused by high wind, including two schools, left without power for several hours. 

 

In Kilgore, strong winds took down two power lines late yesterday afternoon. The Kilgore Fire Department teamed up with Kilgore Rescue, Sabine Fire and the Texas Forest Service to extinguish the five-acre fire. 

 

To prepare yourself for any high winds, Trimble and Hill said keep your trees trimmed near power lines.

 

"Most people don't have the capability of trimming their own trees near power lines," Hill said. "Let the professionals do it. We're glad to do it."

 

 

 

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