Huntington businesses deal with power outages thanks to storms

Mandy Summers, Huntington Dairy Queen General Manager
Mandy Summers, Huntington Dairy Queen General Manager

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Crews worked to right power lines ripped-down by trees, and several Huntington businesses shut down, and sat in the dark.

"As soon as the electricity comes back on we'll be back in business," said Mandy Summers, Huntington Dairy Queen General Manager.

Dairy Queen's general manager, Mandy Summers, sent both customers and her employees home after the power was knocked-out.

"It was right before three. It started storming... A lot of rain, a lot of lightening and then about 3:15 the lights went out," said Summers.

Customers enjoying their food inside, were sheltered from what was happening outside.

"Scared, but they wanted to get home to see if they had electricity and everything at home," said Summers.

Right next door, drivers hoping to fuel up on their way home from work just had to keep driving.

Even the gas station had to close. Apparently you need power to pump gas.

"We were just stopping to top off on the way home," said Loretta Worsham.

The Worsham's had heard there wouldn't be power at home, either... once they got to Zavalla.

"I looked up and saw the store was dark... Then I realized you couldn't get gas," said Worsham.

Back at the Dairy Queen, Mandy Summers keeps her fingers crossed. The longer the power is out -- the more customers she has to turn away.

"It could cost a lot, but I'm hopeful in a few hours they'll have the electricity back on," said Summers.

A little before 5:30 P.M., late this afternoon, the power was restored to the north side of Huntington.

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