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Storms leave trail of downed trees, power outages in East Texas

Storm victim Kimberly Hughes is thankful all of her trees were knocked away from her home. (Source: Nick Lawton, KSLA) Storm victim Kimberly Hughes is thankful all of her trees were knocked away from her home. (Source: Nick Lawton, KSLA)
Friday night's violent storms downed many trees near Marshall. (Source: Nick Lawton, KSLA) Friday night's violent storms downed many trees near Marshall. (Source: Nick Lawton, KSLA)
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EAST TEXAS (KSLA) -

Friday night's storms in East Texas left a line of downed trees on FM 31 and Woodley Road.

Large limbs took out the power by crashing onto the lines. Panola-Harrison Electric Co-Op crews report they've had men on it since midnight.

"We've got, you know, I think seven or eight broke poles," said Panola-Harrison Electric Co-Op Warehouse Supervisor Kenneth Griffin.

Crews also reported a transmission line went down, eliminating power to the whole area.

"Need to replace that first before everybody can get power," Griffin said.

"We've got damaged lines. We've got broke poles, cross-arms. We've got to get the trees off then the electric company's got to come through and restore it!" said Arbor Resources Supervisor Buck Goforth.

The National Weather Service spent the day surveying the damage, but they have yet to classify what hit the region, but neighbor Kimberly Hughes said all she saw was a great big ball in the air.

Hughes said it was a tornado that came around her house, knocked down her trees and she witnessed it all from her kitchen window.

"I was in there seasoning a chicken. It just swung like that and swung back the other way," Hughes recalled.

She said after seeing it, she ran to take shelter in the middle of her home.

"Put that chicken down and ran for cover!" said Hughes.

For now, she said she's just thankful all of her trees fell away from her home, though being without power is taking its toll.

"Our food is in there as we speak, defrosting!"  she said.

Panola- Harrison Electric Co-Op crews said they hope to have power restored to that area by the end of Saturday.

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