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Severe storms rumble through East Texas

Severe storms rumble through East Texas

Photo by: Holley Nees Photo by: Holley Nees
Photo by: Holley Nees Photo by: Holley Nees
Photo by: Valerie Wilcox, Diboll Photo by: Valerie Wilcox, Diboll

By: Chief Meteorologist Brad Hlozek

One lone thunderstorm formed over Angelina county on Wednesday evening and produced small hail and damaging winds.

The severe thunderstorm developed as a result of three small cells merging together.  As that happened, that ignited a severe storm around 7:40pm that would last for nearly an hour, knocking down trees an power lines before finally weakening.

Oncor spokesman David Collier said about 1,500 Angelina County homes lost power Wednesday night, but as of 9 a.m. Thursday, only about 80 homes were without power.

At 7:43pm, the Angelina County Airport had a wind gust of 66 mph.  These strong winds were present when it formed over Diboll, knocking down power lines and producing quarter size hail.

This same thunderstorm then moved into the heart of Lufkin, knocking out power to residents in the Rivercrest area.

As the storm slowed its forward movement, torrential downpours fell in just a short period of time, causing ponding of water on area roadways.  This was very prominent on Timberland Drive, where a storm spotter reported flooded roadways.

By 8:30pm, the storm broke apart and eventually weakened. 

In doing so, another severe storm formed in Anderson county and dumped heavy amounts of rain in Palestine.  Areas just west of Palestine had six 18" diameter trees knocked down as a result of the strong winds rushing out of the thunderstorm.

While parts of East Texas did get some much needed rain, it did come at a price in the form of severe weather.

There is more rain in the forecast for Thursday, before hot and dry weather invade the Texas Forest Country this weekend.

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