At least 11,000 East Texans lose power in storm

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - Five-thousand Oncor customers between Angelina and Nacogdoches Counties have lost power in Tuesday morning's storm.

As many as 3,500 in Lufkin lost power, but that number is down to about 1,300, according to Oncor spokesman David Collier.

About 1,500 are without power in Nacogdoches.

"A lot of broken wires," Collier said. "Trees are taking down wires and poles."

About 1,600 Deep East Texas Electric customers are without power in Nacogdoches, Shelby and San Augustine counties. As many as 6,000 did not have power earlier Tuesday, according to spokesman Larry Warren.

At Lufkin's Memorial Health System of East Texas, the storm knocked out the primary electric supply to the building. The backup system immediately kicked in and no services or surgeries were affected, according to spokesperson Melissa Wheeler.

TxDOT crews in East Texas are busing removing downed trees from roads and reinstalling downed road signs following the storm. Houston and Trinity counties were hit hardest, according to spokesperson Kathi White.

Bricks scattered on the ground, roads closed, electricity off and houses damaged. Winter weather is back.

"At about 6:25, I walked out after my paper and that hit and I run back in the house and shingles were flying everywhere and different things that were loose were flying around and it really made a mess here and I got here just in time to see that little old tree break up and it's really made me a mess here," said Lufkin resident Seburn Innerarity.

Innerarity, 90, will probably have to replace his roof.

He's seen worse, but all the damage in Lufkin has people talking.

"It was just a big, loud sound and it just hit hard," said Lufkin resident Jeffery Wortham. "We didn't know if it hit the car or the house, or whatever like that."

Wortham's 8-year-old daughter was inside the house when their tree fell.

"I'm glad as long as it isn't the house, everybody is safe, family is good," Wortham said. "So I'm okay with that."

A part of Hill Street right near the intersection of Raguet Street is one of the streets that was closed down earlier today in Lufkin, but workers have already cleared the road of the big tree that was there and pushed the limbs to the side of the road.

"We've had several trees down as you would expect, some power outages, trees have fallen into power lines, but not a lot," said Lufkin Deputy City Manager Keith Wright.

Part of First Street was blocked Tuesday morning because the brick facade on the parks and recreation department building had fallen.

Across town, electrical crews were working to restore power to thousands in Angelina and Nacogdoches counties.

Oncor has six crews coming in from across Texas to help restore power to people like Wortham.

Meanwhile, Innerarity hopes this new gust of winter weather doesn't do any more damage.

If you're without power, or know someone who needs a warm place to go tonight, there are shelters on standby.

The Nacogdoches recreation center on North Street opened its doors about an hour ago.

They have cots available overnight.

In Lufkin, a shelter is on standby right now for anyone in Angelina County.

If you need shelter there, call the Lufkin Police Department at 633-0356.

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