Sabine Co. storm claims one life

(Source: Justin Taylor)
(Source: Justin Taylor)

SABINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Sabine County woman has died from injuries she suffered from storm damage Thursday afternoon.

Sheriff Tom Maddox said Louise Stringer, 74, died at San Augustine Memorial Hospital after a tree fell on her trailer house. She died of head injuries. Maddox said she was found pinned under the roof which collapsed from the tree.

Several structures are damaged in the storm that has hit Sabine County.


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Sabine County Emergency Management Coordinator Larry Martin said he does not know if a tornado hit the area, but that he has only begun surveying the damage.

The storm hit around 1:40 p.m.

Martin said most of the damage is in the area of US 96, north of Pineland and FM 1 at West Strickland Crossing.

Residents in the area had only one thing on their mind.

"We're lucky, We heard it coming. I told my wife, my grandson and son-in-law, it's coming. You hear that train coming through the woods? It's coming," said Danny Welch.

After realizing his family was okay, Welch then turned his attention to his neighbor, Ms. Stringer.

"My family here in the house. When it died down I saw he's was messed up and went and checked on her and I stayed with her until the first responders got to her," Welch said. "I Just kept talking to her, making sure I had people coming to help her. I kept her awake to make sure she wasn't going out on me."

And while residents tried to cope with the news of Mrs. Stringer's passing, they also tried to think positive.

"It's sad about Mrs. Stringer passing away through this, but I think there is a lot of lucky people here," said Ms. Halloway.

The National Weather Service will not arrive on the scene until Friday morning, but residents in the area are positive this storm was a tornado.

""It sounded like a freight train coming down the road and we knew what it was when we heard that sound," said Skip Jones.

Wind damage reports have come from the counties of Polk and Cherokee. In the Goodrich area, there is a report of a barn being damaged and numerous trees down. In the Wells area, there are reports of damaged trees and down power lines and damage to a residence on FM 1911, near the intersection of FM 1247.

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