Storms down trees, utility lines in ETX; power outages reported

Published: May. 2, 2017 at 7:00 PM CDT|Updated: May. 3, 2017 at 9:47 PM CDT
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Precinct 4 Panola County, Texas, Commissioner Dale LaGrone helps his road and bridge crew clear...
Precinct 4 Panola County, Texas, Commissioner Dale LaGrone helps his road and bridge crew clear roads after the storms the afternoon of May 3. (Source: KSLA News 12 viewer Rodger McLane)

(KSLA) - Residents are cleaning up damage in the wake of a tornado warning issued the afternoon of May 3 for the East Texas counties of Panola and Shelby.

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The Panola County, Texas, 911 Call Center reported to the National Weather Service office in Shreveport that trees and power lines were downed across the western part of the county.

AEP-SWEPCO reported 23 power outages affecting 2,680 of its customers in the Carthage, Texas, area.

A Panola-Harrison Electric Cooperative said that utility has received only about a dozen calls.

The Weather Service has received a report from the public about numerous trees down a mile south of Carthage and a number of power lines down in the East Texas city.

In particular, numerous trees were snapped or uprooted along Farm-to-Market Roads 10 and 2517 and County Road 121 in Panola County.

Also, a barn along FM 10 had roof damage.

Law enforcement agencies have reported trees down in the Timpson area in Shelby County, Texas, and in the Grand Cane area in DeSoto Parish, La.

The strong to severe storms Wednesday afternoon brought the threat of locally heavy rainfall, large hail, damaging wind and even a few isolated tornadoes to areas south of the I-30 corridor.

The storms were predicted to move through quickly, clearing the ArkLaTex by early evening.

Cooler and drier air filled in behind the line of storms.


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