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Storm packs a punch, leaves damage

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SMITH COUNTY (KYTX) -

A storm that passed west of Tyler Thursday could be seen for miles and dropped plenty of rain on the area. It also turned dangerous for a small section of the county.

David Thornton owns a home along County Road 1227. He spent the day Friday cleaning up all the downed trees on his property.

"Give me a good excuse to burn it," he laughed.

Thornton is doing his best to take the aftermath of a wild storm in stride.

"Just one of those things in life," he said.

He was driving home when this quick and powerful line of thunderstorms hit. His wife was at home waiting for him.

"She called me just in a panic because she said trees were falling all around the house," he said. "She said it was very loud. Lots of thunder and lighting popping around."

When Thornton got home and saw what was in front--everything laying at the same angle--he thought it might have been straight line winds. But then he came in the back yard and saw trees laying at a completely different angle. That's when he decided it might have been a twister.

"I'm quite certain it was," Thornton's neighbor Milo Miles said. "Based on what I saw at my house, there was a cedar tree you could obviously tell was twisted and there was an oak tree that was blown over and you could tell it was twisted."

As the storm approached, Miles had no idea what was about to hit.

"I could see the thunderhead and you could see the down drafts of the rain and so forth," he said. "But you couldn't tell there was any wind."

From broken flower pots to a giant tree pulled up like it was just a sapling, these neighbors have a new reason to stop and count their blessings: No one was hurt.

The National Weather Service has not released an explanation of Thursday's storm.

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